Using forensic samples

Through our state-of-the-art DNA forensic laboratory, EasyDNA provides an alternative way to complete your testing requirements. Through our extensive forensic DNA expertise, EasyDNA is able to analyse a wide range of discreet samples ranging from hair DNA testing, cigarette butts, toothbrushes to more difficult samples such as bone. Once the DNA extraction is completed and sufficient DNA is obtained from the sample, the DNA testing process is the same as when the normal oral swabs are used.

Forensic DNA testing can therefore be utilized for our complete range of New Zealand DNA tests, including the home DNA paternity test, but is not normally applicable for legal DNA testing requirements unless the chain of custody sample collection is followed and the source of the DNA is officially confirmed.

Please review below our comprehensive list of samples to obtain more information about the samples you want to submit, the additional costs involved and the DNA extraction success rate per sample. Also review the conditions for submitting a discrete DNA sample.

Type of Sample
Price Success Rate

Blood on Filter paper
$180 90% or higher

Also called Whatman, Matrix or Parchment; less than 60 days old. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Semen
$180 90% or higher

Frozen vial (Sperm bank) or fresh swab; Semen on fabric. Ship in paper envelope.

Blood stain on fabric
$180 60-90%

Includes bandages, gauze and facial tissues (Kleenex) or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Fingernail/nail Clippings
$180 60-90%

Need 5-10 clippings. Ship in paper envelope.

Tissue (muscles, organs); non-embalmed
$360 60-90%

Depends on age and storage conditions; CHAIN ONLY. Request consultation.

Ear Swab
$180 60-90%

Ship in paper envelope.

Umbilical Cord
$180 60-90%

Dried, must have a reference sample from mother. Ship in paper envelope or as preserved.

Semen stain on fabric
$180 60-90%

Area should be indicated on fabric; incl bandages, gauze & tissues or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Hair with roots
$180 60% or less

Ensure roots are present (7-10 hairs) - shed or cut hair will not work. Ship in paper envelope.

Razor (Electric, Disposable)
$180 60% or less

Send entire blade or disposable razor, debris can be sent in envelope. Ship in paper envelope.

Cigarette butts
$180 60% or less

Depends on type/brand. Ship in paper envelope.

Chewing gum
$180 60% or less

Sugarless preferred. Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.

Mucus
$180 60% or less

Facial tissue (Kleenex), napkin or paper towel. Ship in paper envelope.

Condom
$180 60% or less

Depends on storage condition / swab inside of condom. Ship in paper envelope.

Toothbrush
$180 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Soda can / drinking glass / plastic container
$180 60% or less

Swab well w/ cotton swab or send in article with area clearly marked. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Tampon/Feminine Pad
$180 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Drinking straw
$180 60% or less

Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.

Envelope flaps
$180 60% or less

Depends on age of envelope and how sealed. Request consultation.

Bones from exhumed body
POA N/A

For forensic cases only. Request consultation.

Tooth
POA N/A

Molar, premolar or canine preferred. Ship in paper envelope.

Bone
POA N/A

Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade. Request consultation.

Please read the terms and conditions below:

For more general information about our DNA forensic testing services, please visit our frequently asked questions section.

Note: We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a discreet sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.