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Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test

In a non-invasive Prenatal Paternity Test, fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood is detected and analyzed using microarray SNP technology, comparing the markers between the child and alleged father to determine paternity. The alleged father is considered the biological father when the test detects at least 99.9% of the required markers in the alleged father’s DNA.

Quick Facts:

• This test uses fetal DNA released from placental cells into the mother’s blood. Placental cells undergo a natural life cycle during the course of the baby’s development. As new cells grow, older cells slough off and disintegrate, releasing fetal DNA into the mother’s blood.

• It is recommended to wait until 12 weeks gestational age before attempting to do this test. Collectech Services does not require proof of gestational age, but the chances of detecting fetal DNA in the mother’s blood increases with the age of the fetus.

• Because we are using free-floating fetal DNA instead of circulating fetal cells, previous pregnancies will not affect this test. Fetal DNA does not last long in the mother’s blood after the baby is born.

• Likewise, a previous blood transfusion will not affect the test, as long as it was performed more than one week before the blood draw.

• The risk associated with non-invasive prenatal paternity testing is no greater than any other blood draw that is performed on a pregnant woman during the course of her pregnancy.

• This test does not provide any other genetic information about the fetus (ex. Sex or inherited traits/disease markers).

• Turnaround Time: 5 business days from receipt of all samples to the lab.

Accuracy related:

1. How accurate is the test?
     a. This is the most accurate non-invasive prenatal test available.
     b. The test is 99.9% accurate or greater in determining whether or not the alleged father is indeed the father.

2. What if I get an insufficient result?
     a. We recommend waiting a month, redrawing the mother’s blood, and we will run the test again. We will not need to re-draw the alleged father sample.

3. Is it more accurate than an Amnio/CVS DNA test?
     a. When performed an Amnio/CVS DNA test is equally as accurate. The difference is this test is non-invasive posing no risk to the mother or the fetus.

4. What’s the difference between this test and an amnio/CVS test?
     a. This test simply requires the blood from the mother, rather than the invasive collection methods like amniocentesis or CVS. It’s as SAFE any blood collection from the mothers arm.
     b. This test uses the very latest DNA technology. This makes is possible to test the baby’s DNA from the mother’s blood.
   c. This test is very convenient…rather than finding a doctor who will perform the Amnio/CVS, which can be a challenge, we simply schedule you at one of 1,500 sites we have available to collection the sample.

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