Forensic DNA Testing Services

Genetic testing technology enables us to offer forensic testing services using a wide range of DNA sources. We understand that it may not always be possible to obtain the DNA sample using oral swabs (For example, in cases where the alleged father is deceased or unavailable for the test).

Below is an extensive list of discreet samples that may be used for your DNA test.

For each sample, note the success rate which shows the probability we have of obtaining a DNA profile from the sample. Also keep in mind the information provided about how to package and send each type of sample as well as the costs. Note that the cost of testing each discreet sample needs to be added to the cost of the actual test you wish to do. Also read the terms and conditions for sending a discreet sample.

If you would like to discuss your specific case with us, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to put our extensive expertise to your disposal!

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.

Alternative DNA Sources

Category General Comments Packaging Comments Additional Charge
(Per Sample)
Success Rate*
Bone Marrow Fresh (collected within 30 days) or Frozen- No marrow on slides or in paraffin. Request Consultation. £110 90% or higher
Blood on Filter paper Also called Whatman, Matrix or Parchment; less than 60 days old. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 90% or higher
Semen Frozen vial (Sperm bank) or fresh swab; Semen on fabric. Ship in paper envelope. £55 90% or higher
Blood stain on fabric Includes bandages, gauze and facial tissues (Kleenex) or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60-90%
Fingernail / Nail clippings Need 5-10 clippings. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60-90%
Diabetic Test Strips Need 5-6 strips. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60-90%
Tissue (muscles, organs); non-embalmed Depends on age and storage conditions; CHAIN ONLY. Request consultation. £110 60-90%
Ear swab Ship in paper envelope. £55 60-90%
Fetal Demise Ref sample from M REQ; success increases w/ age of fetus (detect of maternal DNA poss) CHAIN ONLY. Request consultation. £55 60-90%
Umbilical Cord Dried, must have a reference sample from mother. Ship in paper envelope or as preserved. £55 60-90%
Semen stain on fabric Area should be indicated on fabric; incl bandages, gauze & tissues or napkins. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60-90%
Hair with roots Ensure roots are present (7-10 hairs) – shed or cut hair will not work. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Razor (Electric, Disposable) Send entire blade or disposable razor, debris can be sent in envelope. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Cigarette Butts Depends on type/brand. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Chewing Gum Sugarless preferred. Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag. £55 60% or less
Mucus Facial tissue (Kleenex), napkin or paper towel. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Condom Depends on storage condition / swab inside of condom. Ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Tissue Sample; paraffin embedded Paraffin block or slides. Request consultation. £110 60% or less
Toothbrush Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Soda can / drinking glass / plastic container Swab well w/ cotton swab or send in article with area clearly marked. Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Tampon/Feminine Pad Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Drinking Straw Air-dry and ship in paper envelope. £55 60% or less
Envelope flaps Depends on age of envelope and how sealed. Request consultation. £55 60% or less
Tissue (muscles, organs); embalmed Deceased has been embalmed; tissues in formalin/formaldehyde not accepted. Request consultation. £110 60% or less
Bones from exhumed body For forensic cases only. For forensic cases only. £110 N/A
Tooth Molar, premolar or canine preferred. Ship in paper envelope. £55 N/A
Bone Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade. Request consultation. £55 N/A
*homeDNAdirect cannot unconditionally guarantee successful analysis of these samples. We will however make every attempt to provide you with the results you require.

 

Please Note: DNA Testing using discrete samples CANNOT be performed in the UK unless the person who’s sample is tested gives their consent and is aware of the DNA test. In the case of minors, you are able to consent on their behalf if you have legal parental responsibility. If you need further information on this you may read the Human Tissue Act of 2004.

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