What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There is a variety of paternity testing available to help parents confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll take a look at your paternity testing options. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should be aware of all the facts.

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What is AABB-Accredited DNA Testing & Why Does It Matter?

Due to the prevalence of mail-order DNA test kits, more people are trying to learn about their genetic background.

However, DIY DNA testing isn’t the most reliable despite the promises made by manufacturers. Let Test Smartly Labs explain what it means to be an AABB-accredited lab and why this accreditation is so important when it comes to DNA testing.

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Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?

DNA testing determines the identity of a child’s father. These tests are usually conducted with the suspected father’s knowledge and participation, like when paternity confirmation is required for child support or custody purposes. Continue reading “Can You Test for DNA Without a Father or Without His Knowledge?” »

How do Genes Affect Child Development?

 

Nature vs. nurture has been an eternal debate between genetic predisposition to behaviors versus how parents, communities, or other key individuals shape a child’s upbringing. Genes don’t just play a role in determining appearance and behavior. They can also affect a child’s development.

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The Difference Between a Legal and a Non-Legal DNA Test

If you’re wanting to complete a DNA test for fun, you’ve probably considered purchasing a test kit online. In certain situations, a DNA test isn’t always the way to go. There are vital differences that separate home kits and lab tests, including the fact that lab-based DNA testing is court admissible while home-based testing is not. Why is a court admissible DNA test preferred over a home test? Here are some ways in which legal tests and non-legal tests differ.

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Can a Baby Have a Different Eye Color Than Both of His or Her Parents?

Even though most individuals are taught rudimentary genetics in high school biology class, when it comes time for the real-world application of these lessons in real life, it can be tough to recall the fundamentals of genetics.

For instance, one inquiry we field sometimes when most people consult us about paternity DNA testing? “Is it possible for two blue eyed parents have a brown eyed baby?”

There is some confusion when it comes to this topic! Read on for the answer.

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Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know

If you are ordered by a court to get a DNA test for a custody hearing, you want to know that your sample is secure from the beginning of the process until the very end. Test Smartly Labs carefully follows Chain of Custody procedures to make sure that the sample’s integrity is intact in case it is needed for evidence. Learn more about the Chain of Custody and why it’s important in some paternity cases:  Continue reading “Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know” »

How is DNA Testing Used in Immigration?

DNA testing is frequently mentioned in the media due to its use in paternity cases and felonious investigations, but the other ways we use DNA, like in ancestral research, are often overlooked.

For instance: are you aware that DNA is used in immigration cases? While DNA testing is not absolutely essential for every immigration request, there are some situations in which people arriving in the United States will be requested to take a DNA test.

Interested in how DNA testing fits into the entry process? Learn more about DNA testing and immigration below!

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What Happens During Paternity Testing?

Paternity testing is used to prove a blood relationship between a suspected father and children. Establishing paternity can grant a father legal and parental responsibilities. Some courts could order a father to pay child support after proving paternity. Test results may be used to prove inheritance rights or benefit entitlement. Many people have misconceptions about what paternity testing involves. Learn more about the testing process at Test Smartly Labs:

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