DNA Testing

The Aunt DNA test is an indirect way of establishing the identity of biological parents. The test will establish whether a female is the aunt of a potential niece or nephew. Generally, you should only use this test when the parents of the potential niece or nephew are not available for testing.

The Aunt DNA Test can establish the following:

  • Is he my nephew? Or, is she my niece?
  • Is he my brother’s son? Or, is she my brother’s daughter?
  • Is she my dad’s sister? Or, is she my mum’s sister?

How does Aunt DNA Testing work?

The test analyses genetic locations on the DNA strand. First, we create a DNA profile for each test participant. Next, the DNA profiles of the test participants are then compared. As a result, related individuals should have more DNA in common than unrelated individuals. The DNA of related individuals will match at more locations than unrelated people.

This statistical analysis takes into consideration many different factors. These include the number of matches between the DNA profiles of each person. Also, how popular DNA markers are within a given population and ethnic group.

We use the values from the calculations to generate a percentage probability. This will show which relationship is most likely to exist between the individuals.


How long does it take to get your Aunt DNA Test results back?

The analysis time needed in the lab for the Aunt DNA Test is three to five working days*. We will always endeavour to get the results to you as quickly as possible. However, during busy periods in the lab, results may only be available on the fifth working day.

* Quoted lead-times are based on from when samples are booked onto the laboratory system. Also, quoted lead-times do not apply when issues arise from documents or samples provided that do not meet our quality guidelines.


How accurate is the Aunt DNA Test?

The Aunt DNA Test can provide accurate results. But this is not a direct relationship test such as maternity or paternity testing. As a result, there is small a chance that the test could yield an inconclusive result. In the case of this test, the risk of an inconclusive result is 1% (1 in 100).

If one known parent of the child is available for testing, then we will include them in the test for free. In this case, this could increase the accuracy of the test.


Is the Aunt DNA Test the right one for you?

This test can be between a potential aunt and nephew, and a potential aunt and niece – or both.

Depending on the situation known, we can determine an aunt or unrelated relationship. This test is undertaken when a person believes their sibling is the mother or father of an individual. A popular test is when a female believes her brother is the father of a child, but the potential father cannot be tested.

A Clinical Advisor will work with you to establish exactly what the situation is. This will include what the known facts are. From this, we can determine the correct form of test for your family.

Aunt DNA Tests are usually an indirect way of testing the identity of a biological parent. This is without including that alleged parent in the test.

Aunt DNA Tests can be very accurate and useful tests. But they cannot replace the tests that directly test the DNA of a biological parent. For example, if an alleged father is available for testing, you should use a Paternity DNA test.

You should also consider other forms of DNA tests. These include Sibling DNA Tests and Maternity DNA Testing.


How do I order this Test?

There are many options available to you, these include:

  • Call 0800 988 7107 to order an Aunt DNA Test Home Kit*
  • Make an appointment at one of our DNA Clinics by calling 0800 988 7107
  • Or, arrange for a sample collection officer to visit your location by calling 0800 988 7107
  • You or your solicitor can contact us to organise a Legal DNA Test for court purposes

* Please note, you can only use self-collection kits for peace of mind purposes only.


Why choose DNA Clinics?

  • DNA Clinics is a brand partner of Boots
  • Processing of all DNA tests is in a UK laboratory with UKAS accreditation
  • A standard turnaround of only 5 days for test results
  • Established in 2005, our team of experts will guide you through the science
  • Unrivalled convenience with a choice of over 50 DNA Clinics nationwide
  • Certification to 3 ISO standards. This includes Quality, Information Security and Environment standards
  • We are a registered company with the Information Commissioners Office


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