DNA Test - Lancaster, PA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at 5 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (717) 276-1419 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 Lancaster PA 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 Lancaster DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Lancaster PA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Lancaster 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 Lancaster, plus many more locations throughout Pennsylvania 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.
Lancaster, PA: A Family-Oriented City
Lancaster, Pennsylvania is often associated with the area's Amish and Mennonite communities, who live in close-knit groups outside of the city. Many of these families farm the rich areas of Pennsylvania Dutch Country for a living, and produce incredible fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handicrafts, and more. Despite the area's association with 'the Plain People' as they're most commonly known, Lancaster is a thriving, modern city with an increasingly diverse population. Lancaster's population has been growing slowly but steadily in the last several years, with around 545,000 people living in the county today.
Two Local Murders Get Everyone Talking about DNA Testing
Many people in Lancaster were shocked when the region's most infamous cold case was solved thanks to DNA obtained on an online genealogy service 26 years after Christy Mirack's murder. However, immediately after the police went public with the newly solved case, the site changed its policies so that 1.2 million users were automatically opted-out of availability for law enforcement searches. For people in Lancaster who are trying to find family, this made it a lot more difficult.
For the family of Victor Melendez Jr., family-based DNA testing may be the missing link in determining who killed 17-year-old Victor on July 3, 2002. With more people using DNA tests to find familial relationships than ever before, his family is holding out hope that someone will come forward with a link to a potential suspect.
Finding Familial Relationships Through DNA Testing in Lancaster, PA
Finding other familial relationships is just one aspect of DNA testing. Many people use it to prove paternity, which is an integral part of many legal proceedings, including child support and custody arrangements. "If you have children and are not the custodial parent, child support is not optional" says Lancaster-based Marinaro Law Firm. If you are found to the be father of a child through a paternity DNA test, you will end up paying child support in some form or another. Pennsylvania law recognizes that both parents have a financial responsibility to their child, and this burden exists regardless of whether the parents are married or unmarried.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Lancaster, PA was in July of 2014.