About this test
A genetic reconstruction test is used to prove the paternity of a child in instances where the alleged father is not present for testing. In such cases we can use advanced DNA testing methods to determine whether the untested alleged father is the biological father of the child by testing the alleged father’s blood relatives. The test is an indirect way of confirming paternity. Our genetic reconstruction test starts at $650 with results in 7 working days.
If the alleged father is available for testing, then we suggest carrying out a paternity test.
Reasons you require a genetic reconstruction test
- The alleged father is unavailable
- The alleged father refuses to be tested
- The alleged father is deceased
A genetic reconstruction test can be used for peace of mind amongst families or legal cases.
About the test
The test is possible due to the fact that we all inherit 50% of our DNA from our mother and 50% from our father. Siblings will always share common DNA between themselves and common DNA with their parents and all blood members in a family will share common genetic markers. For a genetic reconstruction test to be accurate, we require a sufficient number of relatives to take part in the test.
Who needs to take part in the test?
For a genetic reconstruction test to be feasible and accurate we can offer two options:
- Testing two direct relatives* of the alleged father as well as the mother of the child
- If the mother’s sample is not available for the test, we will require the samples of at least 3 paternal relatives.
*By direct relatives we can test either a parent or sibling of the alleged father. We cannot test family members such as cousins.
Cannot get all the DNA samples we require?
If you cannot get samples from 3 relatives for a genetic reconstruction test, you will need to consider other relationship testing options. Relationship DNA tests involve testing alleged relatives to confirm or exclude a biological relationship between individuals tested. We can test alleged siblings, grandparents and grandchildren as well as aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. In order to guide you towards the best possible test we will need to know:
- What do you need to establish? What do you wish to find out?
- Who is available for testing (this is not always the same as who is willing to be tested)?