Paternity Testing

About GeneDIagnostics Paternity testing

Testing made simple

GENEdiagnostics offers DNA paternity testing – a simple and confidential way to confirm whether an alleged father is the biological father of a child. We make use of a test using 16 genetic markers to give you results that are both accurate and reliable.

How does the test work? Every person inherits their DNA from their parents, with half inherited from your mother and half inherited from your father.  To determine paternity, our test compares the child’s unique DNA profile with that of the father’s to see if there is a match, with an accuracy of 99.9% confirmation of paternity. We offer both Peace of Mind tests (Home testing) for your convenience, as well as Legal tests that are admissible in court.

Affordable

Private

Accurate

From only R860, GENEdiagnostics has made it affordable for all to do DNA Paternity testing.

We can send a test kit via courier to your home, or you can visit one of our labs

GENEdiagnostics has made testing convenient and private. Tests can be done at one of our accredited labs or in the privacy of your own homes. Results are available within 7-10 working days.

Results are available online or via secure email.

Our tests are very accurate and tested in our experienced and sophisticated laboratory.

Independent monitoring by external organizations.

16 Loci ensures more than 99.99% accuracy.

Paternity testing

Deluxe Full Service

Book now to have your personalized testing done. We can either send a testing kit for use in the privacy of your own home, or you can visit one of our friendly accreddited labs.

Paternity Frequently asked questions:

How much will everything cost me?
The total cost of the test is R860 per person (R1720 to test an alleged father and child). There are no hidden costs. This INCLUDES VAT and the courier costs of sending buccal swabs to your home or office and collecting them from you again once your samples are ready.
When is payment due?
As soon as we receive the samples and start with the analysis we send you an invoice with the amount due. Once your results are ready, they will be made available to you upon receipt of payment.
What is a buccal swab?
A buccal swab (cheek swab) is a cotton-tipped swab used to collect DNA from the inside of the mouth, quick and painless.
How do I arrange for buccal swabs to be couriered to me?
All you need to do is phone (021 8516468) or send us an e-mail (info@genediagnostics.co.za) indicating that you want to start the paternity testing process. You need to include a delivery address where the buccal swabs should be sent to you during working hours, with the name and telephone number of a contact person.
How do I get the swabs back to you once I’ve used them?
As soon as you have the samples ready, you let us know and we arrange for a courier to come and collect them from you and bring them back to the lab to start the analysis.
How do I know how to use the buccal swabs?
We send very clear and easy to follow instructions to you with the buccal swabs. It tells you exactly how and when to use them, what to do and what not to do, as well as how to package them once they’ve been used.
Will the swab from a newborn baby contain sufficient DNA?
If the swabs are used correctly and the instructions are followed carefully, then yes.
Does blood provide a better sample than a buccal swab?
The use of buccal swabs is an easier and non-invasive way of obtaining DNA for testing and gives the same results as a blood sample.
For how long do samples remain stable?
Samples are stable for up to one week provided the swab was dried properly at room temperature and exposure was kept between 20°C and 37°C.
What is the process for having a paternity test done?
The process is simple: Once we have your address, we send you buccal swabs with a courier to your home. We will need a sample collected from the inside of the mouth from the alleged father and the child in question. Once the samples are ready, you let us know and we will arrange for it to be collected from your home for DNA testing to be done.
How does the test actually work?
DNA of the alleged father and child is compared to see if it matches. At DNA-level, the paternity test makes use of 16 marker systems. In general, exclusion by two or more systems is accepted as exclusion of paternity. Inclusion by all systems confirms paternity with great certainty.
How accurate is the test?
The test involves 16 loci and results of the paternity test are calculated to be at least 99.99% accurate.
How accurate is the test?
The test involves 16 loci and results of the paternity test are calculated to be at least 99.99% accurate.
What documentation do I need for a personal test?
The only paperwork needed for doing a home test is a consent form (included in the sampling package sent to you) that must be signed by the person requesting the test, as well legal guardian of the child (if the child is younger than 16). If the couple is not married, the mother is assumed to be the legal guardian.
Does the mother of the child need to know that the test is being done?
We need consent from the legal guardian of the child if the child is younger than 16. If the alleged father is the legal guardian, the mother does not need to give consent. If the alleged father and mother are not married or if the mother is the legal guardian, she will need to give consent for legal and ethical reasons. That means that we will need both the mother and alleged father’s signatures on the paternity request form that accompanies the samples.

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