DNA Test – Bellevue, WA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Bellevue, Washington at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (425) 426-3825 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.
Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth a certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.
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DNA Testing Bellevue WA
Types of DNA Tests at our Bellevue WA clinics:
Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.
Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:
Specimens we can test for DNA
The easiest and most reliable way to obtain a DNA sample for paternity testing is to swab the inner cheeks of the alleged father and child or children. These skin cells are known as buccal cells, and they rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place for analysis by our laboratory.
Other specimen samples, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also be tested. An Alternative Specimen DNA Test is done by ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.
Legal DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests
A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. Accurate results for DNA paternity testing with 99.99% confidence or greater take about a week.
When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Bellevue DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Bellevue WA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Bellevue clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week. It’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.
We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Bellevue, plus many more locations throughout Washington and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that’s most convenient. You’ll also pick the times and days that you prefer.
Why Health Street
A Decade Plus of Experience
Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Bellevue, WA was in 2020.
Commitment to CommunityHealth Street is dedicated to serving the unique and emotional needs of clients who need DNA Testing in Bellevue, Washington.
Facts about DNA Testing in Bellevue WA
The Discoverer of DNA Has Ties to Bellevue
In 1953, scientist Francis Crick wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son Michael explaining that he had discovered “something beautiful” — the structure of DNA. The seven-page letter, which also included hand-drawn diagrams, was auctioned off in 2013 by Bellevue resident Michael Crick. The letter fetched a record-breaking $5.3 million, eclipsing the previous record of $3.4 million for a letter written by Abraham Lincoln.
A month after the letter was written, the research was published in the Journal Nature. Francis Crick, who died in 2004 at the age of 88, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1962. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the letter were donated to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, where the elder Crick was a professor.
Bellevue Attorney Weighs in on Paternity Issues
According to Bellevue attorney Jason S. Newcombe, paternity cases in the local area are almost always very emotionally charged. When paternity is questioned, Washington Family Court will require DNA testing to definitively establish paternity. While the results are straightforward, they also often set off a chain reaction that involves legal actions and requests for child support.
Bellevue attorneys handle many different types of paternity cases, including:
- Request for paternity tests by men who deny paternity claims
- Requests for support from mothers following positive paternity test results
- Resolution of issues where fathers are denied child visitation based on claims that they’re not the child’s biological father
Any time a situation involves paternity issues, it’s usually a good idea to consult with an attorney. The stakes are high and the decisions that are made can last a lifetime.