DNA Test - Boston, MA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Boston, Massachusetts at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (617) 863-9118 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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Boston MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Boston MA 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:

Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
Avuncular DNA Test (aunt/uncle and niece/nephew)

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 Boston DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Boston MA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Boston 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 Boston, plus many more locations throughout Massachusetts 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Boston as well as communities all across the nation.

Commitment to Community

We are committed to providing the best DNA testing in Boston, Massachusetts. Residents needing sibling studies or paternity tests in Boston should feel comfortable working with Health Street.

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Establishing paternity in Boston, Massachusetts

If a child is born to a married couple, they are both automatically legal parents. If they are not married when the child is born, even if they live together, it is necessary to establish paternity. If you do not establish paternity, the child will only have one legal parent, and the other parent's name will not be on the birth certificate.

Some of the main reasons why a child needs to have both legal parents established are as follows:

Knowing both parents can help the child be more successful in life, according to recent studies
Children supported by both parents are more likely to have enough money for all their needs
When the parentage is established, the child becomes eligible for either parent's health insurance, plus there can be Social Security, pension, or veterans' and inheritance benefits
A child who knows both of their parents often has a better understanding of diseases or genetic issues that run in the family, which can help in treating them if needed

Parentage can be established in two ways. Parents may either sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or ask the court to establish it, which usually requires a DNA test.

Man finally reunites with his father thanks to DNA testing

Jason Campbell from Massachusetts has been searching for his father his whole life. After receiving his DNA test results, he finally managed to meet him. Jason took the DNA test when he was 42, and found his match—Mark.

Mark had no idea he had a son, but he agreed to the surprise reunion arranged by Jason's wife. Mark could not be happier to meet his son. They immediately bonded and spent some time getting to know each other. Jason learned he also has a half-brother, and Mark found out he is a grandfather.

Jason stated that "there's no words to explain that feeling" of knowing that his dad did not abandon him but instead had no idea that he existed.

Last updated 7/1/2022

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