Advances in DNA technology have led to an increase in the use of home DNA tests. As modern relationships suffer under new strains, it is important to clear up any issues over a child’s paternity. Here are some pros and cons to using a home DNA paternity test.

Advantages Of A Home DNA Test

It has never been easier to purchase and perform a DNA paternity test. One can now pick a DNA company online, order a DNA testing kit and have it sent to your home. You are able to take DNA samples yourself, post them to a lab and wait for the results to be sent to you. It’s that simple.

A home testing kits will typically contain 3 sets of oral mouth swabs, individually coloured, and the respective envelopes in which to store them. A sample is taken by rubbing the swab on the inside cheek of the mouth in order to remove cheek cells. DNA is contained within these cells and it is important that the sample contains enough of them to produce a good result. The procedure is simple and pain free, and, as long as the instructions are read and followed correctly, delivers results that are accurate and reliable.

The real advantage of the home DNA test is that this entire process is performed in the privacy of your own home, and in your own time. There is no need for doctor appointments or painful blood tests anymore. Once the kit is sent to you and you have taken the necessary samples, you simply post it to the laboratory address provided and wait for your results. These will typically take between 3-5 working days and results are sent by email and post.

Disadvantages Of A Home DNA Test

There are, however, some disadvantages to using a home DNA paternity test. This type of test is what’s known as a “peace of mind” test. In other words, it is purely to satisfy a personal need to know, and has no legal standing whatsoever. If a person wanted to use the results of a home DNA test in court, it would not be admissible.

Instead, they would need to purchase a legal DNA test, which would involve the samples being taken by a registered nurse or doctor, identification being authenticated and samples sent to the lab by the doctor in question.

Another issue with home DNA tests is the question of cheating. It is possible, if unchecked, to submit someone else’s DNA sample, thus changing the outcome of results. This could occur in cases where a man, or woman, wants to disprove paternity over a child, for example. Unless the samples are taken in the presence of each other and sent off to the lab immediately, it is sometimes difficult to trust that the samples are submitted are accurate.

At easyDNA Ireland your home DNA test kit will be sent to you via regular post and should reach you 24 hours after payment has been processed.

At easyDNA you will find answers to all questions regarding paternity, siblingship and legal definition. We are equipped to provide full legal and emotional Paternal verification services, using state of the art technology, at competitive rates, on time, every time. To contact us with further questions please email


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