Prenatal Paternity Testing using Blood Samples
easyDNA New Zealand has recently introduced a prenatal paternity test that does not require any invasive sampling procedures such as amniocentesis. Our sample collection could not be any easier: using blood samples from the expectant mother we can guarantee a 100% safe method of determining paternity during pregnancy. Besides the ensuring the safety of an unborn baby, our results are 99.9% accurate in cases where the alleged father is the biological father of the child.
Our non invasive prenatal paternity test can be done at just 10 weeks starting from the first day of your last menstrual period. The cost of our test is NZD 2110. You can click here to order.
Your baby’s DNA in a blood sample
From the earliest stages of pregnancy, the DNA of an unborn baby is present in the maternal blood stream. As pregnancy weeks pass, the concentrations of fetal DNA increase making it possible for us to extract enough fetal genetic markers from a maternal blood sample to carry out our test. During pregnancy, the maternal blood supply and that of the fetus are kept functionally separate by a very important organ that lines the womb- this organ is known the placenta. This blood barrier does its job relatively well but does not act as a 100% efficient barrier between the 2 blood supplies allowing fetal DNA (from the apoptosis of placental cells) to seep through it and enter the mother’s blood.
Using very advanced methods we are able to analyze the fetal DNA in maternal blood and compare it to the DNA of the alleged father or alleged fathers.
This test uses SNP microarray technology to analyze 300,000 different single nucleotide polymorphisms to determine paternity with 99.9% accuracy. For more information read: The Science behind the Test.
How do I collect samples?
easyDNA New Zealand will provide you with a special sample collection kit. Ours kits are uniquely designed for our prenatal test and contain special, sterile blood collection tubes which contain a blood anticoagulant. We need two blood tubes to be filled for the mother and one blood tube for the alleged father. It is up to the client to find someone to collect the blood samples and it is essential that only the vials inside our kit are used to contain the blood samples.
Once collected, you just need to contact the pre-paid courier service and have them pick up your kit and send it off for testing. Inside your kit you will find the contact number for the courier service.
The cost of a non invasive prenatal paternity test is of NZD 2110. easyDNA offers you the option to pay for your test in two installments. You can pay a deposit of 50% of the cost prior to commencing your test and make the rest of the payment once we receive your samples at the laboratory.
We can carry out the test with just one alleged father or both. easyDNA does suggest testing both alleged fathers if available for the test. If people taking part in the test live in different locations, we can organize sending out kits to different addresses. Charges may, in such cases, apply.
This is a prenatal test for paternity and not a baby gender test; we cannot tell you the sex of your baby using our prenatal paternity test.
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Taking the test too early in pregnancy can result in insufficient fetal DNA; this would mean we would be unable to provide a result. Starting from nine weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period usually ensures sufficient volumes of fetal DNA in the vast majority of pregnancies.
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