The New York Post spent a few weeks following a mobile paternity testing truck referred to as the “Who’s Your Daddy Truck” watch men take DNA tests and getting results from past tests.
Health Street, the testing company, has two 27-foot Winnebagos with “Who’s Your Daddy?” plastered on each side. The trucks offer paternity tests along with drug testing and other tests. They charge $350 for a legal paternity tests. The New York Post paid for some men’s DNA test so they could interview them later. The mobile paternity testing truck did the DNA tests with a cheek swab and their results were ready in a few days.
From the original article: “It’s life-changing news that we give,” said Health Street owner Jared Rosenthal, 42, adding that revealing test results is one of the most difficult things he has to do, bringing either a twinkle — or a tear — to a suspected father’s eyes.
“We take it very seriously, because whether the person turns out to have the biological relationship they were hoping to have, or not, it’s going to affect them,” he said.”
Read the original article at: Health Street Article
From the Health Street Mobile Paternity Testing Truck website: “Paternity testing is the most common form of DNA testing, but relationships such as siblings, grandparents, aunts, or uncles can also be proven or disproven. Tests are either performed by professionals at a clinic, or by yourself using a home kit. In fact, DNA testing can even be done postmortem. And now, prenatal paternity tests take the stress out of pregnancy with no risk to the unborn. While a cheek swab is the most common method of obtaining DNA for a test, alternatives like hair, semen, or fingernails can be used.” Very few of the DNA testing companies test hair, semen, or fingernails, making this company unusual. DNA tests for these unusual items is $650.
Health Street is located in New York. Recently they have been filming people getting their test results and airing the videos on a Who’s Your Daddy” local TV show called Swab Stories.
If you live in New York you may want to consider Health Street for your paternity test needs.
Swabtest.com Paternity Test Review
Swabtest.com is a website run by the genetic testing company Genex. Swabtest provides home paternity and ancestry tests that, as their name implies, rely on the buccal swab method to collect samples. The company also offers on-site ancestry testing for legal purposes.
Swabtest.com’s home tests include a simple one father, one child test as well as a variety of others designed to test paternity involving multiple children, multiple potential fathers. The site also sells maternity tests, sibling tests, aunt/uncle tests, forensic DNA tests, grandparent tests, and combo ancestry tests. Their tests start at $79 for the basic one child, one father test. If you buy a home test first and later require a legally-valid test for the same case, the price of the first test is subtracted from the cost of the legal test.
Home tests can be delivered by courier within 24 hours, or in around a week by mail. Once you receive the test, simply use the provided swabs to take DNA samples from the mouths of everyone you want to test and then deliver the samples to the lab. If one of the people you want to test is not available, you can use hair, licked stamps, dried saliva stains, or other material to get that person’s DNA. Your results will be available 3 to 5 days after you deliver samples to the lab. For legally-valid testing, you will need to bring everyone you desire to test to one of Genex’s many lab locations to be tested in person.
Genex guarantees its tests to be more than 99.99% accurate. If you find that your test produced faulty results, Swabtest.com will refund your money in full. All samples are tested twice to ensure accuracy. Genex is one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world, and is the number one choice for most law professionals, doctors, and government agencies. The company’s home tests also have excellent reviews from third-party sites. Unlike other online paternity test companies, Swabtest.com has its own laboratories. That means that you get laboratory-direct pricing, and you know that the lab your samples are being sent to has a good reputation. Swabtest.com is one of the best, most trustworthy companies in the paternity testing field.
Genetrackus.com Paternity Testing Review
Genetrack Biolabs is a company providing a wide range of DNA tests. They have several test types including paternity, maternity, immigration DNA tests, and simple DNA ancestry tests. The amount of different tests types that are offered is almost overwhelming. Of each type of test, Genetrack offers a private test option and a legally admissible test. The private option is by far the cheaper option, with the legally admissible test being almost triple the price. Private paternity testing kits begin at $89.
Once ordered from their website, Genetrackus.com, the test kit is advertised to arrive within five business days. From there, a simple saliva test is performed and mailed back to the Genetrack lab. To perform the test, a small brush is rubbed on the inside of the cheek for about 15 seconds. Because of the gentle nature of the test, it can be performed on people of any age, even infants, and in the privacy of one’s own home. Once the saliva is collected, the swab is inserted into a pre-addressed envelope and sent back to Genetrack laboratory. The analysis of the sample is performed in the lab within three to five business days. The findings are then either emailed, mailed, or both back to the participating party.
Although on paper, it seems like a flawless system, Genetrack has not received favorable customer reviews. First, many users reported extremely delayed shipping times, in both receiving the test kit and receiving the findings from the laboratory. One user reported upwards of three weeks to receive the findings. Additionally, many customers complained about the added shipping charges both to receive the test kit and to return the test. While the envelope is pre-addressed, the shipping is not prepaid and the responsibility of the person sending in the sample. Although Genetrack Biolabs describes the test sent to an individual as “private” many customers reported having a package arrive that is labeled with very large and obvious Genetrack stickers, which takes the private aspect out of the test and potentially creates some awkward situations at home. There is also some debate over where the company is actually located. While some variants from the Genetrack website are UK based, customers report having kits sent from Canada. With so many different DNA testing companies in existence today, I would not find myself using Genetrack Biolabs. The combination of overly complicated tests to choose from, shipping costs, and delayed time, both in shipping and analyzing the sent sample, would have me looking to other companies first for DNA tests.
Paternity testing companies are not all the same. Here’s a common scenario; You’ve decided to obtain a paternity test and as you sit in front of your computer perusing the many paternity companies online and reading all the promises and guarantees, you are left indecisive. What company do you choose? They all seem to make so many promising claims. As a consumer, the choices seem to be limitless, but how do you know that you’re getting what you pay for? A little homework should be all you need to gain the peace of mind needed to trust that your results will be reliable.
Paternity Testing Companies
What Should You Look For?
First starters, any paternity company you consider using should have a physical street address and a contact telephone number. Additionally, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accreditation should also be intact: and the company should indicate which laboratory they use. This accreditation is important because there are no monitoring government agencies for paternity labs, minus the state of New York. An AABB accreditation ensures that the DNA lab used is legitimate. Follow your questions about AABB accreditation with 2 more probing questions and your choice should be easy to make. Ask the potential company how many DNA locations they test initially and what their minimum guaranty of the probability of paternity is. A simple call should help garner all the necessary information needed to mak a good choice.
Three Simple Questions…
The answers you receive to 3 simple questions should reveal enough about the potential paternity company you are considering to help you decide which one to go with. Any reliable company should be AABB accredited and tell you which AABB laboratory they use. They should also test at least 16 DNA locations and provide a 99.99% probability guarantee of paternity: that’s including DNA results with mutations and the absence of the mother’s DNA. You should be able to secure all these results without paying for additional tests. Make sure to read the fine print and look for specific, in writing, answers to all your questions.
How Can You Verify?
Fortunately, Some of the most important questions you ask any potential paternity company can be verified. You can verify AABB accreditation by simply going to the AABB website or calling (301)907-6977. Questions about DNA locations tested should receive specific answers, not vague generalizations. Furthermore, once the question regarding the initial testing of the necessary 16 DNA locations is answered, be sure to probe deeper by asking about the percentage of probability they guarantee: this question is important because a 99.99% result should be guaranteed even if there are DNA mutations and no maternal DNA present.Armed with a little bit of information, it is possible for the consumer to make a choice they are comfortable with. Without government regulation of most paternity companies, it is important that the consumer does their homework to ensure that they receive the most reliable accurate results available.