Molecular Genetics Clinical Laboratory- Parentage / Zygosity
INDICATIONS FOR TESTING
DNA-based identity testing is provided to families or individuals for the purpose of determining paternity, maternity, or both, in order to establish uncertain parentage. Additionally, this testing can be used to determine the zygosity of a pair of twins, either identical (monozygotic) or fraternal (dizygotic). Specimens are collected at All Children's Hospital or at All Children's Hospital satellite clinics to insure chain of custody and testing accuracy. Testing is done using DNA polymorphisms, a procedure also known as DNA fingerprinting.
Paternity or testing can be performed in the absence of a maternal specimen, although specimens from both alleged parents are preferred and increases testing accuracy. Testing accuracy is approximately 99.999% with specimens from both alleged parents and 99.99% with a specimen from one parent only. Parentage can be established for deceased family members depending on available specimens. Call the laboratory for more information.
Testing takes less than one week to complete following receipt of all specimens. Written reports are generated and parties are contacted by telephone, if desired.
All specimens should be kept at room temperature and shipped, if necessary, by overnight delivery in an insulated container.
The charges for parentage or zygosity testing for the alleged father and child are available upon request. A specimen from the mother can also be analyzed and makes the testing more accurate, but is not necessary and incurs the same charges.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Phone: (727) 767-8985 (Laboratory)
(727) 767-8611 (Director)
Fax: (727) 767-8367
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