DNA Testing in Madison, Wisconsin
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Madison, Wisconsin at 4 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (608) 719-4812 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 Madison WI 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. The test be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Madison DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results may be used for legal purposes.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Madison WI
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Madison 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 Madison, plus many more locations throughout Wisconsin and across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Madison. 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.
Hockey Player Meets Daughter He Never Knew He Had
At the age of 12, Tracie Tooley found out that her father was probably not her biological father. Her mom admitted to having had a short fling with a hockey player named Gene Carr. Only once Tracie started her own family did she start thinking more deeply about her biological father. She started reading everything that she could find about him and kept a list of reporters' names. Finally, at the age of 46, Tracie reached out to a reporter who had written about Gene Carr many times.
After explaining the situation to Carr, Charlie Hodge gave him Tracie's number. The next day Carr called an ecstatic Tracie. As they say, the rest is history! Even though the two of them hit it off from the first, they did a DNA test just to make 100% sure. The positive test results arrived a couple of days before Tracie's 47th birthday. What a super birthday gift -- a long lost father!
Legal Paternity Determinations in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, there are 2 ways to legally determine biological paternity when the parents of a child are not married at the time of birth. First, a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity may be signed by both parties. This can be done using a form supplied by the State Registrar's office. In many cases, especially if paternity is in doubt, a formal court action may be required. A court assesses the situation and most often uses the convenience and certainty of DNA testing to make the determination of paternity.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Madison, WI was in February of 2017. Since then, our Madison clinic locations have completed 5 DNA tests for local residents at our Madison specimen collection sites, plus thousands more in other Wisconsin locations and across the USA.
Commitment to the Madison Community
Health Street understands the sensitivity surrounding paternity tests and DNA testing for close family relationships. Our understanding staff is highly committed to ensuring the smoothest possible visits and reporting of DNA test results for Madison residents, students, and lawmakers.