In paternity cases where the alleged father is missing, we first consider the possibility of conducting a viability study or a grandparentage test. A genetic reconstruction test is considered when:
- There are no samples available for the viability test
- The viability test reveals no useful DNA for a paternity test
- Only one or neither of paternal grandparent(s) is able to take the grandparentage test
The results of a genetic reconstruction test indicate the probability that the child is related to the alleged father’s close relatives.
Genetic reconstruction tests can be done using an in-home kit if the results are for personal knowledge only. In-home testing can be ordered online.
If needed for a legal purpose such as immigration, genetic reconstruction testing can be performed using a Chain of Custody, a documentation process that makes the test results legally admissible (accepted by courts and other government agencies).
If you would like to take the genetic reconstruction test for a legal purpose, please call one of our case managers at 1-888-362-2592 to discuss the legal testing option.
In genetic reconstruction, we test a child, the mother, and at least two close relatives of the alleged father. The following are considered close relatives:
- A full brother or sister of the deceased
- A biological parent of the deceased
Painless Sample Collection
Our standard procedure uses the painless and non-invasive buccal swaba cotton-like swab rubbed against the inside of your mouth to gather loose cheek cells.
We can complete the test within 14 working days after receiving samples from all tested parties. In-home genetic reconstruction test results are emailed as soon as they are released by the laboratory.
Legal test results are signed by one of Ph.D. scientists, notarized, and sent via first class mail, courier, or fax.