At polygenyn Ltd. we have been carrying out DNA testing since 2006. The tests that we carry out include sampling by professionally trained samplers and free advice on the best test for your requirements. Current data suggests that 1 in 10 children are not the biological child of their alleged father. DNA testing is considered the most reliable way of determining paternity with a level of confidence 99.99%. A paternity test establishes genetic proof whether a man is the biological father of an individual.
We carry out paternity tests for both the general public and solicitors
Home DNA testing kits contain all the items required to take samples at home. Kits contain mouth swabs, envelopes, instructions, paperwork and postage paid return envelope. These tests are carried out in the same way as the peace of mind tests. Results are available within 5 working days from the date of postage
The most popular type of paternity testing is a “Peace of Mind Test”. These are typically carried out using the DNA collected from the potential father, mother and child. Sampling is carried out at our clinic. The sample collector rubs the inside of a person's cheek to collect as many buccal cells as possible. The buccal cells are then sent to a laboratory for testing. No chain of custody is required. These results cannot be used in court. Results are typically available 5 working days from sampling.
A legal Paternity test is used when results are needed specifically for court. Examples of this include, changing the name on a birth certificate, proof of paternity for custody, disputed wills and immigration purposes.
Legal DNA tests are more rigorous than peace of mind tests. The sampler must be an independent professional. The samplers will check the ID of the people to be sampled. Photographs are taken if appropriate. Consent and chain of custody forms are filled in prior to samples being taken. Under no circumstances is a child allowed to be sampled without the proper consent from the mother or the legal carer. Results will be made available to the acting solicitors within 5 working days from the date of sampling.
Polygenyn Ltd. has all of its DNA tests carried out by a Ministry of Justice approved laboratory. This is a requirement for a legally approved DNA test.
Recent child adoption figures suggest that up to 4,000 children are adopted in the UK each year. With the power of DNA testing, we are able to help people reunite. Complex relationship testing can be used to determine the relatedness of individuals. We have experience with reuniting long lost siblings using this type of testing. Sibling tests can prove useful when parents are not available for testing for one reason or another. This type of DNA testing has proved useful in cases of disputed estates when a parent has passed away and siblings need to be verified as part of a disputed will. In more complex relationship testing grandparents can be used instead of parents if their samples are not available.