Are you collecting saliva for analysis when a buccal swab is done?
NO. While saliva is collected on the swab, it is actually the epithelial (cheek) cells that are being collected for analysis. 5. What if the mother, child and alleged father(s) live in different cities/states? We can accommodate each participant of the same test with separate appointment times (for legal tests) and or locations across the U.S. If you are utilizing a private paternity test we can split the kit up and send each portion to a different address. Each kit is identified by a unique laboratory accession number so that all samples can be tested together once received back in the laboratory. To order a split kit, be sure to add the “Split Kit” option to your shopping cart. You can enter the additional shipping addresses in the comments box at the checkout page. 6. Can different biological specimens such as a buccal swab from a child and a blood sample from an adult be used for the same test? YES. Because DNA is the same in every cell in your body, analysis performed on cheek cel
NO. While saliva is collected on the swab, it is actually the epithelial (cheek) cells that are being collected for analysis. 5. Is the cheek/buccal swab accurate? YES. Because DNA is the same in every cell in your body, analysis performed on the cheek cells is just as accurate as analysis perfomed on blood 6. How old must a child be to perform DNA testing? There are no age restrictions. DNA testing can be performed on individuals of any age. Newborns can be tested using either a buccal (cheek) swab or umbilical cord blood, both are easy and painless procedures. 7. Can a paternity test be performed before the child is born? YES. however, it is more expensive and does involve some medical risk, therefore any mother interested in prenatial testing should consult with her OB/GYN. There are 2 procedures by which to collect prenatal DNA samples; Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS), performed at ~1–13 weeks of pregnancy or Amniocentesis at ~14-24 weeks of age. 8. Can paternity testing also show