AlphaBiolabs offers a wide range of DNA testing kits to determine family relationships. These include paternity tests, maternity tests, sibling tests, twin (zygosity) tests, grandparent tests, aunt and uncle tests, Y chromosome tests and single profile DNA tests. All of these relationship tests are all offered as Peace of Mind or Legal tests.
What does Peace of Mind mean?
Peace of Mind DNA tests are for personal use only. As the name implies, the results of these tests may give you the answers you need to stop worrying about a particular problem, but they are for your knowledge only and cannot be used for legal purposes. The testing kits can be easily acquired at local High Street stores or they can be posted direct to your home from our testing laboratory. Full instructions tell you how to easily collect your cheek cells using the swabs contained in the kits. After returning the samples to our laboratory, DNA is extracted from the cheek cells and the analysis begins. Results can be made available the next working day, or even earlier if required. Some individuals choose to undertake a Peace of Mind test to find out the result prior to undertaking a legal test for court proceedings.
Only legal DNA tests can be used in court
As a UKAS ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, AlphaBiolabs can provide testing that is fully confidential with court-approved results that are accepted by Family Law Courts, the Ministry of Justice, the Child Support Agency and the Home Office. A legal DNA sample is analysed in exactly the same way as a Peace of Mind DNA sample. However, because the sample is collected by the customer in Peace of Mind tests the opportunity for tampering or fraudulent submissions cannot be eliminated. For this reason, legal DNA tests are required when there is a need to prove paternity in a court of law, change the name on a birth certificate, in child custody cases, will and probate disputes, and when dealing with immigration applications.
With legal DNA testing, approved sample collectors, a nurse or another medical professional needs to collect the DNA sample whilst following strict chain of custody conditions. This involves the collector taking a photo of the sample donor, inspecting identification, checking the signed consent forms and confirming the correct person has provided the sample. The samples can be collected from any location in the UK, whether a client’s home, at offices, prisons or at nationwide Walk in Centres. The collectors then pass the samples direct to AlphaBiolabs to perform the DNA testing and to provide a report. Under these strict collection conditions, there is no chance of the sample being interfered with and the results are therefore admissible in a court of law.
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