Alternative DNA Specimen Test
The Alternative Specimen DNA Tests are typically ordered when someone wants to know if a DNA specimen left in their home or office belongs to themselves or another person. Fingernails, toothbrushes, condoms, bodily fluids captured on clothing like blood, mucus, or semen, and other items can be checked for viable DNA. If it is determined as a source of viable DNA, then the DNA sample is compared to another individual’s cheek swab to see if they are the same person or related. The extracted DNA can even be tested to determine if it is from a male or a female. Relationship DNA testing, such as paternity testing, may also be performed using the DNA sample in situations where the child or father isn’t available or willing to provide a cheek swab. Specimens can be submitted to our lab by mail; secure DNA test kits are provided. Register online or call (888) 378-2499.
Note for New York residents: This test is not available in NY state.
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Before we can use the DNA from a non-standard specimen like fingernails, teeth, or a piece of clothing, we need to do a viability study to ensure that there is enough DNA present. If there isn’t enough viable DNA, you can resubmit another sample; however, keep in mind that there are no refunds, and therefore, submitting an alternative specimen carries some degree of risk that you will not get an answer. The best practice is to always use the specimen that is the most likely to have DNA if it’s available to you.
DNA From Alternative Specimens Testing Options
Garment Stain – Male vs Female$600
Blood Stain on Fabric$650
Straw, Soda Can, Chewing Gum$650
DNA Test – Teeth$650
DNA Test – Toothbrush$650
DNA Test – Cigarette Butts$650
DNA Test – Envelope Flaps$650
DNA Test – Ear Swab$650
DNA Test – Tampon$650
DNA Test – Hair Follicle$650
DNA Test – Semen$650
DNA Test – Fingernails$650
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can You Get DNA From?
A large variety of DNA testing possibilities are offered by Health Street. Some of these include DNA tests from garment stains, teeth, condoms, straws, soda cans, chewing gum, blood stains on fabric, tampons, toothbrushes, hair follicles, cigarette butts, ear swabs, fingernails, mucus, and semen.
Can You Get DNA From Blood?
As long as our viability study ensures that there is enough DNA present in the sample, a DNA test from blood may be performed.
Can You Get DNA From Hair?
Generally, yes. It’s important that the hair follicles (or roots) stay intact, and we need about 6 to 10 strands. As with any type of DNA test other than a cheek swab, we will need to check for viable DNA per case.
Can You Get DNA From Urine?
Health Street does not currently offer any urine DNA tests.
About Alternative DNA Testing
Which DNA Test to Choose
Health Street offers a large variety of DNA testing options that may be selected for a range of different reasons. It is important to choose the best DNA test available for your situation. Buccal cells (skin from the inner cheek) rub off easily onto cotton swabs and guarantee a viable DNA specimen, so if the person is available for a cheek swab DNA test then this is what we recommend. However, if the person is not available or able to get a cheek swab, one of our alternative DNA tests should be able to provide you with the information you are looking for.
DNA Tooth and Fingernail Testing
Fingernails are a good source of DNA and can be used if other specimen types (like cheek swabs or hair follicles) are not available. While DNA can also be extracted from teeth, this is much more difficult and should only be used in cases where other parts of the body are either not intact, too diseased, or otherwise unavailable for testing. Not all teeth or all fingernails contain viable DNA.
DNA Testing Using Bodily Fluids
DNA can be extracted from the fibers that are on a piece of clothing or fabric, especially if the fabric is soiled with bodily fluid like ejaculate or semen. This type of DNA testing can help determine whether someone was in a particular place at a particular time. If the DNA is determined to be viable, we can compare it to the cheek swab of another person to see if they are related or if they are the same person. We can also test it to see if it male or female.