February 26, 2016

Janet Taylor, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Janet Taylor, MD
What You Need to Know to Address Paternity Questions
Recently, I spoke with Toni Brady, a customer service representative for Identigene. Toni was able to provide a few examples of common questions and concerns regarding paternity testing.

There’s no question that paternity issues can cause a void in someone’s life, but with a little patience and persistence, paternity testing can have a positive effect for all those involved.

How long does it take to get the results?
Paternity test results typically take about two business days from the time that all samples arrive at the laboratory. Other tests, like grandparent, sibling, or aunt/uncle tests, may take up to two weeks.

How accurate is Identigene?
Toni let us know that Identigene paternity tests are 100 percent accurate. Paternity test results are expressed as a probability. 99.99% is the highest probability possible for a paternity test and is the standard for DNA results accepted in a court of law. So, when you see that 99.99%, you can have peace of mind and confidence in your results.

Are blood samples more accurate than cheek cells?
No. Cheek cells collected with the Identigene paternity test kit yield results with the same accuracy as blood samples. DNA is the same, whether it is extracted from cheek cells or blood – no needles involved!

How old must the child be?
There are no age restrictions for DNA test participants and no one is ever too old or too young for testing. When collection is performed by an adult as directed, the cheek swabs are safe for anyone.

What if two possible fathers are related?
In cases where two or more possible fathers are related to each other, definitive results are still possible. For the most conclusive results, Identigene recommends testing both alleged fathers, since the one who is not the biological father can be excluded with certainty. The biological mother should be included as well. If both fathers cannot be tested, be sure you let Identigene know that there is a second, related alleged father who is not being tested. The lab may perform additional analysis for conclusive results.

A video of my discussion with Toni can be found on the Identigene blog (http://www.dnatesting.com/blog) and you can learn more about how to take a paternity test at www.DNAtesting.com. Also, Identigene offers live chat online or you can call Identigene toll-free at 1-888-404-GENE (4363) to speak with a client support specialist.

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Janet Taylor, MD

Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City, the Bronx and Queens. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because "being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference". She attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for Undergraduate and Medical School. An internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital-Brown University followed. Her psychiatric residency was completed at New York Medical College -Westchester Medical Center. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the 2008 Woman in Medicine Award (National Medical Association- Council of Women’s Concerns).