DNA Paternity Testing in the U.S.

The media reports that up to 30 percent of children involved in a paternity tests are not biological offspring of the men helping to raise them. Scientifically, this data figure is most likely higher than the general population since it is taken from a biased sample of those getting paternity tests.

DNA testing is the most widely available and accurate method to determine paternity. Advanced technology provides an industry-accepted standard of 99.9 percent accuracy. Home paternity testing is now accessible and affordable because of the technological advances. Collection of DNA samples from the child and suspected father are taken in the privacy of the home and then mailed to a lab for testing. Purification and preparation of DNA take place at the lab where a minimum of 16 DNA markers produce a genetic profile for each individual. A statistical analysis then calculates the paternity probability.

Properly conducted, the results are virtually 100 percent accurate. A patented dual process at DNA Diagnostics Center ensures error-free results. The biological relationship probability is a statistical measure of the likelihood the two tested individuals are child and parent. Results of 99.9 percent or higher indicate paternity. A zero percent result means there is no chance of a biological relationship.

The question of paternity is more prevalent than one may realize. According to a recent survey, 20 percent of Americans indicated they or a close family member or friend questioned paternity. Requesting a test may cause some relationship tension, but when in doubt, it is the responsible and caring course of action.

The test is in no way painful. Walgreens offers paternity kits that require DNA samples obtained from cheek swabs. If a father is unwilling or unavailable to test, a paternal grandparent or sibling swab determines if the child is biologically related.

myDNAtest offers a home paternity test kit recommendation available at Walgreens. It can be purchased at a neighborhood pharmacy or on the Walgreens website at. After purchase, you will validate the kit by entering the barcode on the website at myDNAtest.com. After collecting your samples, you will mail the DNA to the DNA Diagnostic Center lab. It will take five to seven days to arrive. After the samples arrive, the results are ready in just two days. To find how to get your home paternity test kit, please visit our “I Need a Kit” page.