Forensic DNA Testing Services
Our standard DNA tests are done using mouth swabs. Mouth swabs are simple to use and yield enough DNA to successfully complete a DNA test. We know however, that sometimes one may not be able to provide samples taken by means of oral swabs and may wish to test other sources of genetic material. Examples of this include:
- A paternity DNA test when the alleged father is unavailable testing. Under these circumstances you might wish to test DNA samples such as hair, a used Kleenex or blood stains known to have belonged to the alleged father. In some
- In an infidelity DNA test you may find some suspicious stains on bed linen or underwear and wish to send these in for testing. We will confirm whether the stains belong to a male or female and whether the DNA matches that of any other sample you send in. Other items such as condoms or hairs can also be used as infidelity DNA samples.
Different DNA samples we test
We test a range of DNA samples that you can view below. Please note that some samples are better than others and the success rate very much depends on the type of sample used, age of samples and how the sample was collected. Where possible, we will recommend you submit those samples that are likely to give better results. In addition, you will be informed on how to collect, store and send the samples.
Please note the price of the discreet sample needs to be added to the cost of the standard DNA test.
Alternative DNA Sources
|Category||General Comments||Packaging Comments||Additional Charge
|Blood (Whole)||Medical blood draw in Vacutainer Tube||Ship in original tube||$95||99%|
|Blood Stains||Band Aids, tampons, bloody tissues||Ship in paper envelope||$95||75%|
|Bone||Fibula or Femur, ~4-inch section||On dry ice or as preserved||Price on request||75%|
|Cigarette Butts||2 to 4 butts||Ship in paper envelope||$95||65%|
|Clothing||Hats, baseball caps, underwear, bandanna||Ship in paper bag||$95||50%|
|Dental Floss||Do not touch the floss with your fingers.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||75%|
|Ear Wax||Cotton swab or Q-tip||Ship in paper envelope||$95||75%|
|Electric Razor Clippings||Place in paper envelope.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||50%|
|Gum||Do not touch the gum with you fingers. Sugar-free gum is preferred.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag||$95||75%|
|Hair||Roots or follicles must be attached. Hair from a brush or comb may not work. We need at least 6-10 hairs.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag||$95||80%|
|Infidelity/Forensic Samples||Covers array of samples and matrices such as underwear, in which the DNA source is unknown, unseen or potentially mixed.||See listing for specific item on this document or call for||Price on request||50% to 99%|
|Licked Envelope||Greeting card or letter||Ship in paper envelope||$175||25%|
|Nails (Finger/Toe)||Freshly trimmed nails work best||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag||$95||75%|
|Paraffin Embedded Tissue||From pathology laboratories||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag||$175||95%|
|Post Mortem Tissue||Coroner Samples, Funeral Homes||On dry ice or as preserved||$175||65%|
|Razors||Place razor in a paper envelope.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||40%|
|Sperm/Semen||Liquid semen: absorb suspected semen sample onto a clean cotton swab. Air-dry the swab for 1 hour. Dried semen stains: absorb semen stain onto a clean cotton swab moistened with distilled water. Air-dry the swab for 1 hour.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||90%|
|Teeth||Molar, premolar or canine preferred. (Baby teeth usually do not work)||Ship in paper envelope||$175||85%|
|Toothbrush||Air-dry the toothbrush for 30-60 minutes.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||75%|
|Toothpick||Do not touch the toothpick with your fingers.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||65%|
|Umbilical Cord (Dried)||Place in paper envelope.||Ship in paper envelope or as preserved||$95||90%|
|Used Kleenex / Handkerchief||Nasal Mucous. Place in paper envelope.||Ship in paper envelope||$95||95%|
|*homeDNAdirect cannot unconditionally guarantee successful analysis of these samples. We will however make every attempt to provide you with the results you require.|
Ordering your DNA test and other info
If you need further information on our forensic DNA testing portfolio or our paternity testing please click on one of the below options. Rest assured that we fully understand the sensitive nature of such tests and thus, will handle you case with utmost discretion.
We also suggest that you read our terms and conditions for sending a discreet sample.