DNA Test – Cambridge, MA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 3 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (617) 863-9230 with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Schedule your Cambridge DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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1400 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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601 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
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76 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

DNA Test – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge MA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Cambridge, Massachusetts locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

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 people being tested. 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 registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. 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. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Cambridge DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Cambridge MA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Cambridge 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. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Cambridge, plus many more locations throughout Massachusetts and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Cambridge. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Cambridge , MA so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Cambridge, the state of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Cambridge to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Cambridge. 

Cambridge, Massachusetts – DNA testing

Establishing paternity in Cambridge, MA

When parents are married, paternity is typically established automatically without any need for further actions. However, establishing paternity can be more complicated when parents are not married, especially if they disagree about the biological father.

If there is a disagreement, the parents may need to go to court and have the judge establish paternity. The judge will often order a DNA test for the child and the father to determine whether there is a father-child relationship. Once the judge has the DNA results, they can consider this information while determining paternity.

If Cambridge parents agree about paternity but are unwed, they can establish paternity themselves. They both need to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity and then file it with the Registry of Vital Records. Note that when you sign the documents, there must be a notary public present. This legally binding document should not be signed if parents are not sure of paternity.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Benefits of establishing paternity

By establishing paternity, parents give their children benefits they would not get otherwise. Some of these benefits can include the following:

Better sense of identity – studies have shown that kids who know both parents are better connected to family and have a better chance of finishing school and not ending up in jail
Better knowledge about health on both sides of the family since they can gain access to medical history and discover any potential inherited health threats
Financial support from both parents
Access to father’s health insurance, Social Security, pension, and veterans benefits, if applicable
They can gain the right to inheritance

Establishing paternity is also beneficial for the father. By becoming the child’s legal father, he can get the same rights and responsibilities as the mother. After paternity has been established, the father can also ask the court to establish custody and visitation if necessary. He can also help make critical decisions for the child, such as education, health, or religious upbringing.

Last updated 11/10/2022


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1400 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02139
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PMSunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM About this Location: You can locate our clinic close to Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. We hope to see you here soon.
601 Concord Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMSunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM About this Location: We are located very close by to Cambridge Champions Track & Field. We look forward to serving you here.
76 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA 02139
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Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMTuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMWednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMThursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMFriday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMSaturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PMSunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM About this Location: We are across from Bigelow Historic District. It is easy to find us.

Some Cambridge Neighborhoods That We Serve

Cambridge Highlands
Avon Hill
The Port
Observatory Hill
North Cambridge
Area 2
South Cambridge
Porter Square

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Learn about establishing parentage. Mass.gov. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2022, from https://www.mass.gov/service-details/learn-about-establishing-parentage