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).
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.
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
|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.||POA||N/A|
|Tooth||Molar, premolar or canine preferred.||Ship in paper envelope.||POA||N/A|
|Bone||Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade.||Request consultation.||POA||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.|
For more information on our forensic DNA testing portfolio select one of the below option.
The Human Tissue Act
It is important to be aware that in the UK the Human Tissue Act regulates the collection and analysis of any human tissue. This includes any stain of biological material not matter how small. In order to send a sample for analysis, the person or donor of that sample must give their consent in writing in order for us to test their sample. Furthermore, in order to be fully compliant with the Human Tissue Act, the donor of the sample must also be made aware of how their DNA sample will be used. used. Failure to comply with the Human Tissue Act is a criminal offence.