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
Ambry Genetics Defeats Appeal by Myriad Genetics to Restrict Market for Breast-Ovarian Cancer Genetic Testing Ambry Genetics defeated an appeal by Myriad Genetics to block competing DNA-based tests to determine hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer after a United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held today that claims from three of the patents covering DNA-based BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests Myriad is asserting against Ambry do not contain subject matter eligible for patent protection. Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:54:00 -0800
England's King Richard III identified with DNA LONDON (AP) ? Scientists say there is "overwhelming evidence" that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors. Publ.Date : Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:05:30 -0800
5 cool things DNA testing can do Happy National DNA Day! April 25 marks the 60th anniversary of scientists' discovery of the double helix. It's also the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, which set out to sequence the more than 3 billion letters in our genetic code. Publ.Date : Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:27:15 -0800
DNA testing leads to arrests in Va. Beach rape cases VIRGINIA BEACH The woman was walking near the beach on 4th Street when two men in an orange vehicle approached. According to court documents, one of them got out and grabbed her hair. In the next few hours, they drove to a house and put her in a basement, where one forced her to perform oral sex and the other raped her. Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:49:50 -0800
CombiMatrix Launches Targeted Array for Prenatal Analysis IRVINE, Calif. -- CombiMatrix Corporation , a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre- and postnatal developmental disorders, today announced the launch of its ... Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 -0800