DDC DNA Diagnostics Center
DDC is one of the most well-known genetic testing companies due to its high profile celebrity paternity cases, as well as its usage on daytime talk shows. For example, DDC is the exclusive genetic testing company used on The Maury Show for its popular paternity test episodes. In addition, DDC provided the testing in the infamous case of determining the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn. Because of the legal ramifications of paternity tests, at-home testing is not allowed in such cases. However, DDC has multiple offices in every state in order to be as convenient as possible. The testing only takes a few days to complete and costs between $400 and $500. DDC claims that companies offering testing for as little as $99 would not be admissible in court. As with most genetic testing companies, the collection process is painless as all that is required is a saliva sample. If the matter is not legal in nature, then DDC does provide at-home testing. For more information on DDC, click here to visit their web page.
Specializing in determining one’s heritage and ancient ancestors, ancestry.com is a leader in this branch of genetic testing. When ancestor determination does not need to stand up in court, ancestry.com’s at-home testing is a very convenient option. From their web page, a user can easily order a $149 home testing kit. As with a paternity test, all that is required is a saliva sample from the inside of one’s cheek. What makes ancestry.com so popular is the myriad of exciting services which it offers to its clients; all of which can be previewed on its web page. Some of these include: a multimedia display of information regarding your ancient ancestors, a global map showing the names and locations of your living relatives and the degree of relation to those people by generation difference. In fact, ancestry.com provides its clients with an easy means of contacting their relatives. For more information on ancestry.com, click here to visit their web page.
In cases where people would like to know if they are susceptible to future genetic diseases, GeneDx provides testing for this purpose. When visiting GeneDx’s web page, one can see that the mission of this company is completely medical in nature. While most of its tests can by performed with the typical saliva sample, there are some genetic defects that require a blood sample to identify. While most tests range from $500 to $2,000, there are some as high as $5,000 or $6,000. GeneDx also makes it clear that they are not a participating provider with any state Medicaid plan. Due to the nature of its testing, the results of a genetic test completed by GeneDx will be sent directly to a health care provider; never to the consumer. The list of genetic disorders that can be identified by a GeneDx test is quite lengthy. Given the technical nature of their services and the potential high cost, anyone considering a GeneDx test should consult a doctor before proceeding. For more information on GeneDx, click here to visit their web page.
A Note of Caution
In researching this article, I was surprised to see that several genetic testing companies have come under fire for making serious errors. According to Brian Donnelly of FOXNews, a company named 23andMe recently mixed up 96 samples and incorrectly processed them. All companies discussed in my article have very strong reputations. But please also do your own research and consult a lawyer or doctor if your case is legal or medical in nature.
Brian Donnelly, “Genetic Testing Company’s Mix Up Stirs Regulation Debate” FOXNews