DNA Testing in Syracuse, New York
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Syracuse, New York at 5 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (315) 325-8616 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 Syracuse NY 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 Syracuse DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Syracuse NY
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Syracuse 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 Syracuse, plus many more locations throughout New York 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.
Proving Paternity for Child Custody in East Syracuse
In New York State, when a child is born to parents who aren't married, the child legally does not have a father until paternity is formally established.
Parents have two ways to determine paternity in Syracuse. First, a father can sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity. Second, if there is any doubt about who the baby's biological father is, New York State instructs that parents shouldn't sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity. They should petition the court to determine paternity. The court will order genetic tests (DNA tests). The court will determine paternity based on the DNA test results. If the court finds that the alleged father is also the biological father based on DNA testing, it will issue an order of filiation. The order of filiation is a declaration that the man is the child's father, according to New York law.
Notable Events Related to DNA Testing in East Syracuse
Former Vice President Joe Biden is one of Syracuse University School of Law's most famous graduates. DNA Testing hit home for Biden when his son, Hunter, was named as the father of "Baby Doe" in an Arkansas child custody case. DNA paternity test results conducted as part of the case confirmed that Hunter Biden was "Baby Doe's" biological father.
In 2017, Syracuse sister and brother Jacki Gerace and Steve Grant used DNA testing to confirm they had a long-lost sibling, Cindy Shelmidine. Cindy turned out to have lived 25 miles away in Pulaski for her entire life. The trio's mother had given Cindy up for adoption in 1954 when Steve was three years old.
Expert Graduate Students At Syracuse University Say ...
Kate Corbett Pollack, a 2017 Syracuse University graduate and master's student in the forensic sciences program in the College of Arts and Sciences (A & S) is advocating to use DNA and legal research to improve policies to benefit homeschooled children with disabilities. Pollack said, "If the child is disabled, they need their rights to be honored as a disabled citizen of the United States."
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in Syracuse, NY was in November of 2012.