Prenatal Paternity Testing

DNA paternity testing is not just a matter of determining a fetus’ biological father, there are many benefits of having a legally admissible test. All you have to do is find a AABB testing facility.

Why Paternity Testing is Important

  • Establish legal and social benefits like social security, veteran’s, alimony and inheritance.
  • Provides an accurate medical history for the child, which will be beneficial when diagnosing and managing the child’s health.
  • Providing a bond between father and child.

Invasive Paternity Tests

It is possible to determine who the biological father of a fetus while a woman is pregnant. The procedures are called chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis.

  • CVS retrieves the placental tissue either a transcervical or transabdominal manner.
  • Amniocentesis retrieves amniotic fluid by inserting a needle through the pregnant mother’s abdominal wall. This is extremely accurate because the sample is taken directly from the fetus. There is, however, a small risk that a miscarriage could result.

The Future of Testing

It’s possible to determine the paternity through non-invasive measures. There is a small amount of fetal DNA (cffDNA) present in a pregnant woman’s blood. Drawing blood will give accurate fetal DNA paternity testing during pregnancy, which has no risk of miscarriage. Studies show that within 7 weeks of gestation cffDNA can first be observed and the amount increases as the pregnancy progresses. Currently there are only four companies with headquarters in the United States offering a noninvasive prenatal paternity test, but it looks as though the procedure will spread in the coming years.

To learn more about our DNA testing services, contact ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City today.

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