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
VIDEO: Dog dirt detectives in Naples Naples is introducing forensic DNA testing to track down the owners of dogs that foul on the streets of Naples Publication Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:26:13 -0700
Hacking the (genetic) code Anne Wojcicki, CEO of the mail-order DNA testing company 23andme, defends her work before a SXSW Interactive conference audience. Publication Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:28:35 -0700
Dog waste: Not just annoying To the editor: We read with interest Jonathan Phelps' recent front-page article regarding dog poop and the Ipswich animal control officer's proposal for DNA testing of dog waste in that community to identify dog owners who are not picking up after th Publication Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:00:26 -0700
Dog poop DNA tests? That's on table in Ipswich IPSWICH -- The town is considering the use of forensics to track down those who fail to clean up dog waste in public places. That's right, DNA testing. Animal Control Officer Matt Antczak said dog poop left on beaches, downtown sidewalks, parks and Publication Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:13:05 -0800
DNA testing proposed for dog poop IPSWICH -- The town is considering the use of forensics to track down those who fail to clean up dog waste in public places. That's right, DNA testing. Animal Control Officer Matt Antczak said dog poop left on beaches, downtown sidewalks, parks and Publication Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:53:12 -0800
1990 Murder Case Solved Through DNA Testing, Killer Already Executed 1990 Murder Case Solved Through DNA Testing, Killer Already Executed After 23 years, a murder has been solved. The catalyst for the breakthrough in discovery is, as it has been in so many recent cases, DNA testing. The unsolved murder involved Ivelisse Berrios-Berguerisse, a 23-year-old Miami woman who was found killed by strangulation on Nov. 27, 1990. The culprit, however, is likely already ... Publication Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:25:31 -0800
Powerhouse Entertainer Miki Howard Responds To Jackson DNA Testing Claim Popular Entertainer Miki Howard Candidly Speaks About Jackson DNA ClaimPublication Date: March 10, 2014
Molecular Diagnostics Market (Infectious Diseases, Cancer, Genetic Testing, Blood Screening, Microbiology) worth $8.1 Billion by 2017 - Report by MarketsandMarkets Molecular diagnostics Market research report categorizes the global molecular diagnostics market into application, technology, and product type. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/molecular-diagnostic-market-833.html (http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/molecular-diagnostic-market-833.html)Publication Date: March 09, 2014