Q1. How do I collect my DNA samples?
Watch video in "DNA Kit" page for a demonstration.
BabyDNA home paternity test analyses DNA samples obtain from individual's cheek cells. The participants will collect their samples by brushing the inside of their cheeks using the sterile swabs provided in the home kit. Full instructions can be found in the ordered kit.
There are no needles involved; painless and non-invasive.
Q2. How old must the child or baby to test for DNA?
To test for DNA using the home paternity kit, the child can be as young as a few days old.
Q3. Any preparations or observations required before the test?
Please refrain from eating, drinking, gum chewing, brushing or smoking an hour prior to the test.
Q4. Can I use cotton swabs from a pharmacy?
No. Swabs provided in BabyDNA test kits has material different from the usual and designed specifically to collect more cheek cells and to withstand testing.
Q5. Are blood samples better than saliva samples for DNA testing?
No. Both blood and saliva samples are good to yield accurate test result, as DNA is the same in all nucleated cells of an individual’s body.
Q6. What are the mistakes to avoid when collecting test samples?
There should be enough cells collected for the analysis and samples return in sealed envelope with correct labels to aid correct identification of samples.
Several factors can affect DNA stability such as sunlight, moisture, bacteria, and mould. Therefore, it is important to allow the DNA samples to dry at room temperature before sealing them in the returned envelope. Also, do not place them in plastic bags because the moisture in the plastic bags may damage the DNA samples.
Full instructions can be found in the ordered home kit.
Q7. For a Paternity test, does the mother need to be tested to achieve an accurate result?
No. For a Paternity DNA test, mother’s DNA need not be checked to get an accurate result. Paternity testing is done by comparing the DNA of the child to that of the alleged father.
Q8. Is the testing process and accuracy the same for Legal Cases and Home Paternal Private (Peace-of-Mind) Test?
Yes, testing process for both the private home and legal case test are the same, and so is the accuracy of results.
Q9. What is the difference between a Legal Test and Home Paternal Private (Peace-of-Mind) Test?
The difference is in the administration, as sample verification will be witnessed and collected by a third party professional (usually a doctor) to assure the appropriate court/authority that the samples are from the verified participants. Therefore, the legal test will cost much more for these additional procedures compared to the informational peace-of-mind test.
The home Paternal DNA test is not legally admissable for legal procedures and is only for informational knowledge.
Q10. Is it possible to have a private kit mailed out to me discreetly?
As DNA testing can be a private matter, kits will be sent out in a plain unmarked envelope with no mention of material for a DNA test or company.
Q11. How will I receive my results?
You may choose to receive your results via mail, email or telephone.