What samples can be used for a paternity test?
For our DNA paternity test we generally use cheek swabs or, in rare cases, blood samples.
We will require to have a 2nd sample as a fall-back, if the first of you samples does not contain enough DNA material.
How-to take a buccal swab
-prepare the sample envelope by filling in all data needed
-immediately before the sampling open the outer packaging of the swabs
-remove the swab without actually touching the cotton at the swab
-after the swabbing place the swab into the correct sample envelope. Repeat with the 2nd swab and seal the envelope
-Please make sure the participants have not eaten or drunk up to 1 hour before the sampling
Can non-standard DNA samples be used? Hair, chewing gum, Cigarette butts
Generally, buccal swabs or blood samples are used for a paternity or a relationship test. Different kinds of samples will not be tested.
However, in special situations we are of course able to analyze different samples, also. Some of theses non-standard samples are:
hair (with their roots still attached)
contents of an until now uncleaned electric razor
muscle or organ tissues, obtained from a possible hospital stay