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These are the answers to the most common questions we get. If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, you can always call us, text us or send an e-mail.

One of the most asked questions is: “Should I sign for paternity, when I am not a 100 percent sure?”

No and no again. It is not necessary to sign for paternity or even nod to it, before you have taken a DNA test (paternity test). If you are not 100 percent sure that you are the father of the child, you should wait until you receive the result of your DNA test in order to avoid unnecessary emotional and economical worries. Many of our customers even bring a test kit to the maternity ward.

Today it is almost as natural to take a paternity test as it is to take a pregnancy test.

Remember, that the authorities are unlikely to assist you, if you signed for paternity and find out later on, that you are not the biological father of the child after all. If you are married, you are automatically the father of the child, if you don’t put your foot down in time.

If you don’t see your test result in your mail in time, please check the spam filter or the folder for unwanted mails. We have experienced, that several test results sent to gmail and hotmail end up in the spam filter.

 

Remember:

-Paternity, Maternity, Family and Twin Tests normally take 2 to 5 workdays

-Grandparent and Prenatal paternity tests normally take 4-7 workdays max. 10 workdays.

-Full-sibling, Half-sibling take 4-7 workdays max. 10 workdays.

 

We perform all types of family tests: Paternity, sibling, grandparent, twin and prenatal paternity test from the 8th week of pregnancy.

All tests ordered by private citizens are for personal use unless otherwise agreed to in writing.

 

DNAtest.dk only performs family DNA tests, where we test familial relations. All tests are done with a special swab for use in the mouth. Prenatal paternity tests are done via a blood sample from the mother and a mouth swab from the father.

DNAtest.dk only tests familial relations.

We don’t perform any kinds of disease tests or gene tests with reference to diseases. 

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) is the genetic material in the cells of the body. Every single cell in your body has 46 chromosomes. The spermatoza of the man and the egg cells of the woman only have half of that (23 chromosomes each). This means that a person receives half of his/her genetic material from the biological father and the other half from the biological mother.

A DNA paternity test (or rather: test of parenthood) is far more accurate than a simple blood sample. The DNA test can be done on the basis of several other tests like blood, cells from the inside of the cheek, skin, fresh hairs with intact hair roots etc.

The blood type is normally determined as 0, A, B or AB, and each of these can be either rhesus negative or rhesus postive. This leaves a relatively small number of combinations, and therefore a paternity test determined by blood type testing is not very accurate.

The DNA of every single individual is unique. That is exactly why a DNA test is the most accurate type of test. The result is between 1.000 and 10.000 times more accurate than by blood samples, and the accuracy demanded for use in trials.

The only exception is identical twins, who have identical DNA. In these cases, no other method will produce an applicable result.

 

No. Even though we happily cooperate with your doctor or your lawyer, it is not necessary to have a referral from a doctor in order to get a DNA test done.

When taking a sibling test, you must always inform us if it is the same mother or father you share, and which one of the parents the doubt concerns.

By a half-sibling test it is important to know if it is the mother or the father, that you possibly share. It is very important to distinguish sibling tests from half-sibling tests.

 In case you need to test more than two siblings, you have to agree on, who is the primary sibling. All siblings, in both sibling and half-sibling tests, are then tested up against this primary sibling.

 

On rare occasions, when it is not possible to come up with a test result, DNAtest.dk normally offers the possibility of testing additional persons (family members) within the same test in order to obtain a test result. In these cases, dnatest.dk will initially cover the extra expenses. Should the participation of the additional person or persons lead to a test result, the customer will pay XXX per additional person, who took part in the test. The price for the extra persons are found under ‘Products’.

In all tests, where it is a possibility, that two brothers, twin brothers and/or a father and son could be the father of the child, you should always state this.

In cases where the involved parties are otherwise related, you should also inform dnatest.dk about it, because persons who are related to one another have more DNA material in common. The test can still easily be carried out with an accuracy of up to a 99,99999 percent.

 

Yes, a DNA test is so accurate, that the analysis can be done without any participation of the mother.

There are no limitations regarding the age of the baby when taking a DNA test. The baby can be newborn. It is even possible to do the test just before a person is cremated or buried.

It does not hurt to take the test, and the test can be taken even while the baby is asleep. It is very common to test babies and even older children and adults while they are asleep.

The old method, with blood samples, requires that the baby is at least six months old, because the baby must be able to endure that two relatively large blood samples are taken. This can be problematic for infants.

In comparison, a DNA test can be taken with just a few cells from the inside of the cheek, which are taken with a swab. It is totally pain-free, and no harm can be done by a mouth swab.

 

Yes. The genetic material, called DNA, is the same in all cells of the body.

The test is done by massaging the inside of the cheek with a swab. This way a few cells are released from the mucosa, and these cells fasten on the swab.

The swab must be made of synthetic material in order to avoid pollution from organic material, for example, cotton. Everything that is alive contains DNA material, including plants like cotton.

 

A DNA test is the most accurate paternity test possible. If the DNA patterns of the child and the supposed father do not match, there is no possibility at all that he is the father of the child.

If the DNA pattern does match, you can state with a possibility of 99.99999 percent, that the man is the father of the child.

Every test is put in an envelope with a unique identification number (ID number). All tests are kept apart using these ID numbers.

 

 

Hver prøve bliver lagt i en konvolut med sit eget identifikations nummer (ID nummer). Alle prøverne bliver holdt sammen ved hjælp af disse ID numre,

prøverne er altid ved transport kun et nummer, der er aldrig påført navne adresse osv. det er KUN DNAtest.dk der har adgang til navn og adresse.  

Yes. The tests can be done independently and then be mailed to dnatest.dk. DNA material is absolutely stable, once it is gathered correctly. We will happily split up a test kit and mail it to two different addresses anywhere in the world at no extra cost. You just write the other address under ‘remarks’ when you order, and the test will be split up and sent to both places.

Prenatal paternity can be done, once the woman is 8 weeks pregnant. The circulatory system of the mother contains a certain amount of DNA from the fetus, and thanks to a brand new technology it is now possible to test the small amounts of DNA, comprising traces of fetal DNA from a blood sample from the mother. Subsequently, the three DNA profiles are compared. The result comes with an accuracy of up to 99,9 percent given a positive answer and 100 percent [forlægget siger 0 procent, men det svarer jo til absolut ingen nøjagtighed, PC] given a negative answer.

The result is usually ready after 4 to 7 workdays, with a maximum of 10 workdays given a normal course, on tests done in Denmark.

The price of the test is 9985,- DKK. You pay the expenses for the blood test at the doctor’s. The test is normally done by doctors with whom we cooperate. It can, however, also be carried out by your own doctor by appointment. In that case, we deliver the test kit directly to your doctor. Instructions as well as a consignment note for the courier and transportation expenses are included in the price.

Very important: The mother must be at least 8 weeks pregnant by the time the blood sample is taken, otherwise it is not possible to accomplish an accurate result.

It is possible to test several possible fathers simultaneously for a price of 1945,- kr per "extra person". All you need to do is to inform us about it when ordering the test. If you do the test with just one possible father, and should you later on decide to test another possible father, this will amount to an additional 2945 DKK per extra person.

After concluding the Prenatal paternity test, it is also possible to test the sex of the fetus up to four weeks after you received the result of the prenatal paternity test.

 

Normally the result comes via e-mail, unless otherwise agreed when ordering. We can also give the test result over the phone or send it by mail - this is agreed when you place your order. E-mail is of course always the fastest way to get the test result

All test results ordered by private citizens are for private use. Otherwise it has to be stated when ordering the test kit, that the test result is to be used in a public matter.

If a test result is to be used in a public context, we always recommend that the test is done in front of a public person (lawyer, doctor etc.), and that the public person mails the test kit to dnatest.dk, so that the customer is deprived any possibility of manipulating with the test kit.

 

The DNA material is taken out with a swab. Enzymes are used to cut the minuscule DNA material into fragments. This is done on the molecular level.

These DNA fragments are then placed in a gel and a low electric current is added. The current leads the DNA fragments towards one of the poles. The smallest fragments travel the longest, and the biggest ones the shortest way. In this way the DNA fragments are sorted.

The sorted DNA fragments are transferred to a nylon membrane, where they are gathered with some stamped DNA markers. DNA markers can identify and bind to a certain piece of the DNA material of the person. The nylon membrane is placed over photographic film, and this produces a picture with small, black DNA strands. These DNA strands form a unique pattern. Half of the child’s DNA strands match those of the mother, and the other half matches the DNA strands of the father.

Every DNA marker identifies a certain area. This method is repeated several times with more DNA markers. In this way, different areas of the DNA material are identified. It has distinct patterns, and this provides an accuracy of more than 99.9999 percent.

We have the most accurate double test in Europe with 25 to 32 markers on common tests. We even do double tests with up to as many as 47 markers.

 

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