Forensic DNA Testing Services
homeDNAdirect can test a range of samples for a DNA paternity test or other DNA tests. Whilst our standard method for sample collection is the oral swab, there may be circumstances where it may not be possible to obtain a sample in this manner.
HomeDNAdirect is able to offer you the possibility of carrying out DNA tests using alternative samples. A list of the samples suitable for DNA analysis is provided in the table below. The table provides information about each type of sample including DNA extraction success rates, method of sampling and the additional cost.
Note: We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a discreet sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.
Please note that the costs listed below are additional to the cost of the DNA test you plan to perform.
We also recommend that you read our terms and conditions for sending alternative samples.
To perform a DNA test to investigate cases of suspected infidelity visit our infidelity DNA test page.
Alternative DNA Sources
|Category||General Comments||Packaging Comments||Additional Charge
|Bone Marrow||Fresh (collected within 30 days) or Frozen- No marrow on slides or in paraffin.||Request Consultation.||$290||90% or higher|
|Blood on Filter paper||Also called Whatman, Matrix or Parchment; less than 60 days old.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||90% or higher|
|Semen||Frozen vial (Sperm bank) or fresh swab; Semen on fabric.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||90% or higher|
|Blood stain on fabric||Includes bandages, gauze and facial tissues (Kleenex) or napkins.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60-90%|
|Fingernail / Nail clippings||Need 5-10 clippings.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60-90%|
|Diabetic Test Strips||Need 5-6 strips.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60-90%|
|Tissue (muscles, organs); non-embalmed||Depends on age and storage conditions; CHAIN ONLY.||Request consultation.||$290||60-90%|
|Ear swab||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60-90%|
|Fetal Demise||Ref sample from M REQ; success increases w/ age of fetus (detect of maternal DNA poss) CHAIN ONLY.||Request consultation.||$145||60-90%|
|Umbilical Cord||Dried, must have a reference sample from mother.||Ship in paper envelope or as preserved.||$145||60-90%|
|Semen stain on fabric||Area should be indicated on fabric; incl bandages, gauze & tissues or napkins.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60-90%|
|Hair with roots||Ensure roots are present (7-10 hairs) – shed or cut hair will not work.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Razor (Electric, Disposable)||Send entire blade or disposable razor, debris can be sent in envelope.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Cigarette Butts||Depends on type/brand.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Chewing Gum||Sugarless preferred.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||$145||60% or less|
|Mucus||Facial tissue (Kleenex), napkin or paper towel.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Condom||Depends on storage condition / swab inside of condom.||Ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Tissue Sample; paraffin embedded||Paraffin block or slides.||Request consultation.||$290||60% or less|
|Toothbrush||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Soda can / drinking glass / plastic container||Swab well w/ cotton swab or send in article with area clearly marked.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Tampon/Feminine Pad||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Drinking Straw||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||$145||60% or less|
|Envelope flaps||Depends on age of envelope and how sealed.||Request consultation.||$145||60% or less|
|Tissue (muscles, organs); embalmed||Deceased has been embalmed; tissues in formalin/formaldehyde not accepted.||Request consultation.||$290||60% or less|
|Bones from exhumed body||For forensic cases only.||For forensic cases only.||POA||N/A|
|Tooth||Molar, premolar or canine preferred.||Ship in paper envelope.||POA||N/A|
|Bone||Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade.||Request consultation.||POA||N/A|
|*homeDNAdirect cannot unconditionally guarantee successful analysis of these samples. We will however make every attempt to provide you with the results you require.|
Please choose one of the below options or read more about our paternity testing services or our forensic DNA testing portfolio.