With recent advancements in scientific testing, it's becoming more commonplace for people to request DNA information. Why would you want to see your DNA? DNA testing is used today for a number of reasons including identifying human traits, infidelity testing, locating relatives, early detection of disease, and establishing paternity.
Several online companies exist today that have significantly reduced the cost of DNA testing and made the process very easy. For just a small fee, you can check the paternity of a child, look for the probability of life threatening diseases, find long lost relatives, and much more.
However, not all companies that offer DNA testing provide the same service or charge the same fees. Before you order a DNA testing kit yourself, you should consider the following important factors:
Purpose. Many DNA companies focus on testing for the sole purpose of identifying the mother or father of a child. If you're after health related information make sure the testing will serve that purpose.
Cost. DNA testing can range from $99 to $500 and up. Make sure you understand the cost and what you'll receive before you finalize your transaction.
Reporting. Once the DNA results come back you'll want a report easy to read. Look for a company that provides user friendly DNA results.
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Test Country is the king of medical testing. You'll find drug tests, DNA testing, wellness testing and much more including detailed descriptions with each test and a very professional shopping experience. Test Country currently holds a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and does an excellent job of describing the purpose, testing process, and what to expect with each test.
The DNA testing options at Test Country are the most diverse we've seen. We were excited to see that they offer both non-court and court admissible testing for their clients.
Immigration (biological relationship between two people when applying for citizenship)
A straightforward paternity test at Test Country starts at $199. Samples may be taken from blood, mouth swab, hair, and other bodily excretions. DNA test results appear in the form of a notarized report and are available 3 to 5 days after the sample is received. Results may be faxed to those looking for immediate information.
Another customer friendly aspect at Test Country is their price match guarantee. If you find a better price for DNA testing from a list of stores provided, Test Country will match the price. Affordable shipping is another benefit at Test Country and starts at $4.95.
We were impressed the huge DNA testing options available with Test Country. Along with customer friendly policies, a strong reputation, fair pricing and a quality shopping experience Test Country is a great place for your DNA testing needs.
Medimpex has been in business since 1999 and was one of the first companies to produce and distribute a wide variety of tests including DNA, forensic, alcohol, and drug testing direct to the consumer at affordable prices.
The Medimpex website is busy and a little overwhelming at first but pretty straightforward once you find the forensic test kits. Along with each test you'll find an easy to understand description of what the test entails and the purpose. A standard paternity test at Medimpex is affordably priced at $179.00.
Full Paternity Test (mother/child/father)
First class mail delivery is free at Medimpex and several options for expedited shipping are available. Test results are provided in approximately one week and are available via phone with a follow-up hard copy report.
Medimpex does a decent job of offering affordable, straightforward DNA testing for the purposes of identifying parents. Despite a less professional website we appreciated Medimpex's reputation and fair pricing. If you are in need of affordable paternity testing, Medimpex is worth looking into.
American Screening Corporation, or ASC, is a Louisiana based company that's been in business since 2002. Their focus is providing affordable, high quality medical supplies direct to the consumer. That also includes at home testing for drugs and DNA.
The ASC website is less user friendly than those companies ranked higher. Finding the DNA testing was quick but deciphering the test type and purpose was more of a challenge.
DNA Profile for Identification
The tests range in price from $180 to $540 with additional costs associated with rushing the results. Identifying the parents of a child starts at $180 and is middle of the road in price across the companies reviewed.
ASC provides test results via the phone in 2 to 3 days after receiving the swab sample. For those wanting testing completed for the purpose of identifying their remains at a later date, ASC does offer 16 to 23 marker testing as well as sample storage for safekeeping.
ASC offers a nice selection of DNA testing but misses the mark with poor descriptions, sample reports and final a call-in process for results. If you're looking for a more customer friendly and professional DNA testing experience we recommend you choose a higher ranked company.
DNA In The News
Supplements industry derides NY attorney general's DNA tests ALBANY, N.Y. DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive "sheep's milk" cheese that was really made from cow's milk. But can it tell if a pill touted as an energy-booster contains ginseng or is just a mix of rice powder and pine? Some scientists say yes, while industry groups and some independent experts say DNA testing ... Publication Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 09:05:34 -0800
Marwans brod held in California, not Guantanamo After confirming through DNA testing that the man killed by police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao maybe Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdul bin Hir alias Marwan, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has clarified that his brother the source of the DNA sample used for matching is detained in California and not in Guantanamo Bay. FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said media reports that ... Publication Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0800
Police denied permission for DNA testing The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Saturday denied permission to the police to conduct DNA analysis on the blood of five persons accused of consuming cocaine.The police had sought per... Publication Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:55:08 -0800
Humane Society may expand DNA testing for dogs up for adoption The Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is exploring whether to expand a program of DNA testing for dogs put up for adoption, Peninsula Humane Society officials said this week. Publication Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:05:29 -0800
Bill aims to again expand access to DNA testing AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas lawmaker has proposed legislation intended to fix issues created by a 2011 law he authored that makes crime-scene DNA testing difficult for convicts. Publication Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:36:25 -0800
Raman effect to help nab criminals New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Since DNA testing of samples from a crime scene is time consuming, scientists have found a way to analyse hair samples at crime scenes using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). "This highly sensitive technique could help forensic investigators analyse hair quickly in the field," said lead researcher Richard P. Van Duyne from Northwestern University, United States ... Publication Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:06:18 -0800
Crowdfunding for DNA testing in 1993 killing raises $1,200 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis detective has used crowdfunding to raise money needed to do DNA testing on evidence from a 1993 rape and murder. The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MVeUjt ) reports $996 was needed for a Utah lab to test the DNA. Detective Sgt. William Carter set up an account ... Publication Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:57:47 -0800
NY attorney general targets popular herbal supplements Numerous store brand supplements aren't what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ... Publication Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:44:31 -0800
Child rights panel for DNA testing facility in State SHILLONG: Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) chairperson Mina Kharkongor has urged the State Government to set up a DNA testing facility in the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in the city. The DNA test is crucial for investigation, especially in criminal cases, Kharkongor said in her introductory address during the State-level workshop on Protection of ... Publication Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:35:47 -0800
Herbal Supplements Not What They Claim: NY AG A probe of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found numerous store brand supplements aren't what their labels claim to be. Publication Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:15:12 -0800
Stroke and Shingles: Crucial Information the Doctor Forgot to Mention; the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) Reviews a New Study The virus that causes shingles can attack arteries in the brain, which results in a potentially fatal stroke, according to a new study published online in advance of April 2015 in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. (1) The CBCD reviews the study and recommends Novirin against the latent shingles virus.Publication Date: February 28, 2015
Forbes: Can Celery Protect the Brain against Inflammation?; The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) Reviews a Report Celery may reduce brain inflammation, which can protect against neuro-degeneration, according to a report published on Forbes.com on February 5, 2015. (1) The CBCD reviews the report and recommends Novirin against the latent shingles virus.Publication Date: March 02, 2015