About sibling testing
A siblings DNA test will establish the likelihood of two individuals having the same parents in common. In the absence of an alleged parent, a sibling test is the best option to establish whether the siblings tested share the untested, alleged parent. The price for the Sibling DNA Test is €299.
A full siblings DNA test is recommended when the individuals taking part in the test are male and female. This type of test establishes the amount of common DNA between the people tested. It is a test that relies on a statistical probability. Unlike a paternity test however, sibling testing does not need to provide genetic profiles that match at every genetic marker. A sibling test simply seeks to determine whether the individuals tested share one common parent, both common parents or have neither their mother or father in common. In a sibling ship test, we calculate a siblingship index. If the siblingship index is less than 1.00, this indicates non-relatedness. If the siblingship index is greater than 1.00, this indicates that the two tested individuals are more likely to be true full sibling or half siblings.
We strongly suggest including the sample of a known mother to provide stronger results.
Reasons for using a siblings DNA test
- Adopted children, or siblings separated at birth, being reunited but with parents absent;
- Siblings with doubts as to the identity of their biological father;
- Legal cases of inheritance claims by individuals claiming to be children of the deceased.
It is important to identify who will be participating in your DNA test, as this will help the laboratory in selecting the best DNA test for you. Always check if permission is required from legal guardians, when dealing with minors, as this will change from country to country.
Test results are intended to provide a statistical likelihood that gives evidence to support the tested relationship in question. Providing additional parties to be tested (for example, a known parent’s sample) or performing direct relationship testing may provide additional evidence.
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.
We strongly suggest including the sample of a known parent to provide stronger results.
In cases where siblings are male
If siblings are male and want to discover whether they share the same biological father, we suggest a Y chromosome test. This siblings DNA test is extremely accurate. If females wish to establish whether they have a common paternal line they can ask a direct male blood relative to take a Y chromosome test on their behalf.
If siblings are female
If test participants are female and their scope is to find out if they have the same biological father, easyDNA suggests another type of siblings DNA test known as an X chromosome test. It is important to keep in mind that with X chromosome testing, the sample of the mother will be required in cases where the tested females have the same mother.
Siblings DNA testing between twins
easyDNA offers siblings DNA testing to verify whether twins are identical or fraternal. Our twins test is extremely accurate and only requires oral swabs to collect the samples of the twins tested. The results for this sibling test are ready in 5-7 working days from receipt of samples at our laboratory.
Why not consult a genetic counsellor about your results?
Our genetic counsellor is ideal if you have any concerns about your DNA test results. They can understand and interpret all aspects of your results, helping you understand any technical language you do not know, answer all your questions or simply explain the results to you. Once you have ordered the service, our genetic counsellor will get in touch with you to organize the date and time of the actual call. The session discussing your results will take place via Skype. Genetic counselling is available at an additional fee.