DNA Test - Boston, MA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Boston, Massachusetts at a centrally located testing laboratory. 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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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:
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 so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.
Educational Institutions in Boston Change Our View of Paternity
One educational institution that's changed how we see family life and fatherhood in particular is the Boston College Center for Work & Family. In their New Dads research series, they've moved beyond the strict legal definition of fatherhood to explore the "evolving roles and attitudes of working fathers."
The center's reports and studies also explore the benefits of paternity leave, and how fathers today are navigating the challenges of balancing a career and a family.
DNA Testing Makes Paternity Clear in Boston
These studies are even changing the way that legal institutions talk about paternity. Instead of focusing solely on child support, the State Government of Massachusetts delves into all the other ways that fatherhood can benefit a child. This includes a more secure identity and more complete health information.
In Boston, as per the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "paternity is not automatically established unless the biological parents are married when the child is born." If the mother's husband is not the child's biological father, he will need to sign an Affidavit of Non-Paternity, relinquishing automatic paternity of his wife's child.
If the parents are unmarried when their child is born, the father can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity at the hospital. If there is any doubt, the mother alone or the parents together can ask a court to establish paternity, often through a DNA test. These painless genetic tests provide enough information for the court to rule on the legal parentage of the child.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Boston, MA was in June of 2016.