DNA Testing in Syracuse, New York

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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 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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1000 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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396 Grant Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13206
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518 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
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404 Oak Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
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1600 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, NY 13210

DNA Test – Syracuse, New York

Syracuse NY DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Syracuse, New York 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:

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 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 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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Syracuse as well as communities all across the nation.

Commitment to Community

Health Street has long been committed to the particular DNA testing needs of the larger Syracuse community. We offer help to local families who need assistance navigating the sensitive issues surrounding paternity testing.

Facts about DNA Testing in Syracuse NY

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.”


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Syracuse, New York

1000 East Genesee Street Hill Medical Building Suite 200 Syracuse, NY 13210
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Monday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMTuesday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMWednesday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMThursday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PMFriday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM About this Location: You can find us near the Syracuse Stage, around the corner from the Ronald McDonald House.
396 Grant Blvd Syracuse, NY 13206
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Monday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PMTuesday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PMWednesday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PMThursday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PMFriday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM About this Location: We are close to Schiller Park. We hope to see you here soon.
518 James Street Syracuse, NY 13203
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Monday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMTuesday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMWednesday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMThursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMFriday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM About this Location: We are close to Wilson Park. It is easy to find us.
404 Oak Street Suite 110 Syracuse, NY 13203
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Monday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMTuesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMWednesday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMThursday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMFriday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM About this Location: We are near SoulCare Counseling and Fox 68 WSYT Studios.
1600 Erie Blvd E Syracuse, NY 13210
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Monday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMThursday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM About this Location: We are across from Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Neighborhoods In and Around Syracuse That We Serve

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Tipperary Hill
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“Paternity Establishment.” New York State, https://www.childsupport.ny.gov/dcse/paternity_establishment.html.
“Hunter Biden fathered child with woman while dating brother’s widow, DNA test reveals.” Syracuse.com, 21 November 2019, https://www.syracuse.com/us-news/2019/11/hunter-biden-fathered-child-with-woman-while-dating-brothers-widow-dna-test-reveals.html.
“A Christmas gift that changed lives: A DNA kit led a Syracuse family to a lost sister.” Syracuse.com, 21 December 2017, https://www.syracuse.com/living/2017/12/a_christmas_gift_that_changed_lives_a_dna_kit_led_a_syracuse_family_to_a_lost_si.html.
“Forensics Student Takes a Stand Against Homeschool Neglect.” Syracuse University, 27 February 2020, https://thecollege.syr.edu/news-all/news-2020/forensics-student-takes-stand-against-homeschool-neglect/.