What Is a DNA Paternity Test?

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If you suspect someone is another person’s father, you can use a paternity test to find out. But is it accurate? Do these really work, and if so, how do they work? Your questions are answered below.

What Does a Paternity test Do?

A paternity test is designed to determine who someone’s father is, or to put it more accurately, you can test if an individual is another individual’s father. That’s how specific these tests are. If you have doubts or want to confirm the child’s biological father, that particular question can be answered, says https://easydna.com.au.

The paternity test does this by taking genetic material from one person (usually in the form of a cheek swab), and comparing that to genetic material from another person. So, cheek swabs or blood samples will have to be taken from both people – the supposed father and supposed child.

Those samples are then compared at a DNA testing laboratory. Genetic similarities between the two samples are used to determine if they are a match. If they do match, then the paternity test confirms that, yes, the younger person is the older person’s offspring.

How Long Does It Take to Get Results?

Taking the genetic material samples is a really quick process – a matter of minutes. Getting the results back can take longer, depending on where you live and if there are any postage delays. Most testing labs will be able to get you your results back in a matter of working days. How long it takes will depend on how busy the lab is, but you shouldn’t have to wait for more than a handful of working days to hear back from them.

Are Paternity Tests Very Accurate?

I think the biggest question most people have about paternity tests is whether they are really worth all the trouble. Can these tests actually tell if someone is a specific person’s father or not, or do they use pseudoscience?

These tests are considered extremely accurate, with a 99.9% accuracy rate. You can’t get much more accurate than that, so if there is any question in your mind who the father is, this test is the best way to determine that, with practically no risk of error.

When Can a Paternity Test Be Taken?

Did you know that a pregnant woman doesn’t have to wait for their baby to be born for her to find out who the father is? If there is some question about paternity, the mother can have a non-invasive prenatal paternity test done to find out if the person she suspects is actually the father as mentioned on EasyDNA. A paternity test can also be taken at any time on the child once he or she is born, and because cheek swab can be used, that is often the simpler and easier method.

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