Frequently asked Questions about DNA Paternity Testing

Q: How much does a DNA paternity test cost?

A DNA paternity test will cost you 500USD which can be paid in two installments i.e. a deposit when you come in for sample collection and the balance before or when you come in to collect your results. The cost includes 3 samples to be analyzed, e.g. alleged father and 2 children.

Q: How soon can I get my results?

It takes about 14 working days for our laboratory to generate your DNA testing results, after we receive specimens from ALL parties concerned.

Q: What do you need to bring?

You will need to bring with you copies of your identification documents like your national identification, drivers' license or passport for everyone above the age of 16 who wishes to be tested. For a child without a birth certificate you can bring in their birth record or the road to health card.

Q: How accurate is the test?

DNA testing is the most accurate paternity and family relationship testing method currently available, because DNA is unique to each individual except for identical twins. We all inherit half of our DNA from our biological father and half from our biological mother. DNA testing tries to discover the 50% match between the child and the parent DNA profiles to prove or disprove the biological relationship. DNA parentage testing is considered to be 100% accurate.

Q: What type of sample/specimen is collected?

Our laboratory’s standard samples are buccal swab and blood specimens.

Q: Is blood not more accurate than other types of samples like the buccal swab?

DNA is the same in all cells in our body. Once conceived during reproduction, DNA does not change. Therefore, the type of DNA sample used for the test is not going to affect the results.

Q: Can you use samples from the child's alleged father's sibling in case the alleged father does not want to be tested?

Several DNA testing options are available if the father is not available, such as grand parentage, and genetic reconstruction. If no biological samples from the father are available, we can look at close family members to determine if a child belongs to that family. A grand parentage test is the first option to try. The following persons must be tested: Paternal grandmother (Alleged father’s mother), Paternal grandfather (Alleged father’s father), Child, Child’s mother. If the paternal grandparents are not both available, the next option is a genetic reconstruction. At least two close relatives of the alleged father are needed to participate in this test. A close relative is a full brother/sister and/or a biological parent of the deceased/missing alleged father. In addition, the mother and child must participate. The result of this test will show the probability that the child is related to the tested parties.

Q: Can I take a paternity test before the child is born?

It is possible to take a paternity test before the child is born. An obstretician is involved in collecting the baby’s specimen during a period of time that presents the least risks to the foetus and the mother. Currently AiBST DNA Testing Centre is not performing the test on unborn babies.