DNA Testing in Eagan, MN
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Eagan, Minnesota at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (651) 362-1736 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 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 Test – Eagan, Minnesota
Types of DNA Tests at our Eagan, Minnesota 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 Eagan DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Eagan MN
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Eagan 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 Eagan, plus many more locations throughout Minnesota 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
Over a Decade of Experience
Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010. We have helped thousands of people from Eagan to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.
Dedication to Excellence
Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Eagan that they need.
Local DNA Information for Eagan MN
72-Year-Old Eagan Women Learns She Was Switched at Birth
At age 72, Denice Juneski and Linda Jourdeans never expected to receive life-changing news. However, that’s exactly what happened when Denice, an Eagan resident, took a DNA test. She was hoping to learn more about her health history. Instead, she was shocked by a report that stated she was not related to any of her family members.
Forty miles away, in Hammond, Wisconsin, Linda’s niece encouraged her to take a DNA test of her own. They were shocked to learn that for seven decades, they had been living each other’s lives. Since learning the news, they’ve started meeting the families they were supposed to belong to. Both say they look forward to even more introductions in the future.
Establishing Paternity in Eagan
According to Eagan paternity law firm Oney + Kim, when a child is born to an unwed mother, the state of Minnesota gives her sole physical and legal custody until paternity is legally established. An unwed father does not have paternal rights even if his name is on the child’s birth certificate. Instead, one or both parents must take legal action to establish paternity. Until a court has ruled that a man is the legal father of a child, he cannot request visitation or custody. Likewise, the child’s mother may not request child support until the courts have legally deemed the man to be the child’s father.
Paternity: Sometimes Science Isn’t Enough
You may be surprised to learn that a DNA test isn’t always enough to establish paternity. As explained by the law group Beyer & Simonson, which serves Eagan and the surrounding area, the guidelines for establishing a “presumption of paternity” are governed by the Minnesota Parentage Act.
Under the act, there are some situations where a man could “compete” for legal paternity even if another man has a DNA test showing there’s a 99.999% chance he is the child’s father. This may occur when another man’s name is on the child’s birth certificate. It’s also likely to be an issue if another man has been raising the child as his own and/or holding the child out to be his biological child, or has signed a recognition of parentage with the child’s mother. If this type of dispute about paternity arises, the courts will have to weigh the facts and determine which man deserves to be legally recognized as the child’s father.