Tests of this type can be very useful to you in determining many things. You can test for paternity, different traits, and possible disease genes. With the following companies you can test in the privacy of your own home.
GTL: The Genetic Testing Laboratories, Inc.
GTL offers many types of genetic testing. At GTL you can test for: paternity, prenatal paternity, genetic predisposition, ancestral origins, infidelity, and siblingship among others. Test kits range from $79.00 to $695.00. You can order a test kit online to be delivered to your home, or you can make an appointment to be tested. GTL offers an accuracy guarantee. GTL offers both accredited and unaccredited (legal and non legal) DNA tests. To decide if you require an accredited or unaccredited test, please read this page on their website.
GTL mails the test kits with your privacy in mind. The return address is listed as “GTL” with a PO Box as the address. Illustrative instructions and a return envelope are inside. You will also receive a consent form for all parties using the DNA test. Once you have taken the samples, you will mail them to GTL using the envelope provided, along with your consent forms. GTL uses a buccal swab for testing. A buccal swab looks like a big q-tip and is swabbed inside the cheek to collect cheek cells. GTL will have results to you within five business days. If you need your test results sooner, you may pay an additional fee to have your results in three business days. If you have ordered a legally binding test, the results will be mailed to you. Informational only test results will be available online, however you may order a hard copy sent to you for a fee. GTL will keep your results confidential. If you are interested in ordering from GTL, please visit their website using the link above. If you need additional information to make your decision, please read their information page here.
23 and Me
23 and Me has three types of test kits available for you. Their Ancestry Edition ($399.00) includes a relative finder, maternal line, paternal line (only available to males), ancestry painting, and global similarity. Their Health Edition ($429) includes carrier status, disease risk, drug response, traits, and cutting edge resource. The last kit includes both the Ancestry Edition and the Health Edition, it is called the Complete Edition ($499.00). 23 and Me has no information that states whether their testing is legal or non legal, leaving you to safely conclude these tests are informational (non legal) only.
23 and Me accepts credit card payments and offers two types of shipping for your kit, UPS Ground, and Fed Ex. Inside your kit you will find a test tube, which you should spit into. Your kit will include a prepaid and preaddressed packaging with which you may return your saliva sample. 23 and Me will analyze your sample and you should have results in 6 to 8 weeks. With your kit will be a claim code that you enter into the 23 and Me website. This will link your results to you online. Once you have done this, you may create an account and search anonymously for other persons who have also submitted their DNA and possibly find your relatives. To read their FAQ and decide if this is the right choice for you, please click here.
Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory
According to their website, Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory is the leading home paternity testing laboratory in the United States. Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory provides more than just paternity tests. There are many test kits available including: paternity, maternity, grandparentage, siblingship, prenatal testing, DNA profiling, DNA banking and more. Prices listed range from $199.00 to $420.00, and some tests are marked as “Please Inquire.” Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory offers information (non legal) testing online. If you choose to do this test, and due to the results need a legal test, you may contact Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory and you can take the legal test at a $100.00 discount with another company, DNA Diagnostics Center. The two companies are sister companies.
Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory uses a buccal swab to collect cheek cells for DNA testing. Detailed step by step instructions for using your at home test kit are available online here. Test results are available in 5 to 14 business days, depending on the type of test ordered. You can receive your results through email, by phone, through the mail, or from a courier. To read more information and decide if Beta Paternity DNA Laboratory is right for you, please read their FAQ.
The three companies profiled above offer a range of services, each unique. Carefully review the company you have selected personally before ordering.