Paternity and Forensic Testing

 

PATERNITY TESTING

Full test details    |   Paternity Testing Flyer

Paternity testing provides DNA evidence regarding alleged family relationships. Typically mother, child and alleged father are tested together.  


 

 

 

TEST SAMPLES

Acceptable specimens:

  • Buccal swab (inside cheek swab)
  • Blood draw (5 ml EDTA or Heparin)
  • Tissues (biopsies) or bone
  • Touch DNA (items that have been worn or handled by an individual)
  • Other bodily fluids (sweat, saliva, semen)

PAYMENT AND PRICING

Payment is expected at the time of specimen collection (or with receipt of specimens by mail) before testing will be initiated.  Paternity testing is not payable by commercial or private insurances, including Medicaid.

Payment Methods Cashier’s Check or money order

Payable To Regional Pathology Services

Pricing

Blood or Buccal Swab:

  • Paternity (Mother, alleged father, & child)                                 $225
    • Add-on of individual(s)                                                     $25 (each)
  • Additional individuals after initial testing completed              $100 (each)

Other/Alternate DNA sample:

  • Alternative/other DNA sample                                                  Call for pricing

CONTACT AND SCHEDULING INFO

For questions regarding paternity testing and appointment scheduling, contact:

  • Regional Pathology Services (402) 559-6420 or 1-800-334-0459

For other questions, please contact:

  • Human DNA Identification Laboratory: (402) 559-7220

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is DNA? DNA is the genetic material present in every nucleated cell of the human body. Each person’s DNA is unique (with the exception of identical twins) making DNA the most powerful tool to determine paternity.

How accurate is DNA paternity testing?  DNA paternity testing is the most accurate form of paternity testing possible. Numerous genetic markers are tested, making it possible to obtain likelihood of paternity at 99.9% or greater. If the DNA type between child and alleged father do not match at three or more markers, then the alleged father is excluded.

Who should be tested?  Ideally, the mother, alleged father and child should all be tested. Inquire if your case involves unusual circumstances.

Does the child have to be a certain age?  No. Children can be tested at any age, including prenatal amniotic fluid sample.

What kind of sample is needed?  A painless, non-invasive procedure called a buccal (cheek) swab is used to collect the DNA sample.

How long does DNA testing take? Test results are usually available within two weeks after all samples are received at the laboratory.

Is this testing confidential?  Information given about the parties being tested is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written authorization.

Can the testing results be used by my insurance company to affect my coverage? No. The genetic markers that are tested are not of significance in any clinical condition. Also, the results are released only to the tested parties or those individuals designated in writing.

Will these test results be valid in court? Yes. Proper documentation is maintained on the test specimens to insure that accurate, reliable results are obtained and can be used in the court of law.

What if I have questions about my results? Laboratory personal will be happy to discuss any technical questions concerning the test results with you. If you have legal or medical questions, please refer these to a qualified legal counselor or physician.

Is the laboratory accredited?  The Human DNA Identification Laboratory is accredited by ANAB/ISO 17025:2017 for Forensic DNA testing. (American National Standards Institute Accreditation Board along with the International Organization for Standardization)

What lab does the testing? The Human DNA and Identification Laboratory is part of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory located within the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a partner with the Nebraska Medical Center.

How is testing performed? To establish paternity, our laboratory utilizes a technique referred to as Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Analysis. We use automated DNA sequence analyzers to obtain results that are highly accurate and reproducible.


Human DNA Identification Laboratory                             

The Human DNA Identification Laboratory has provided DNA-based testing since 1991, and has continued to be on the forefront of identify testing, soon being able to offer next-generation sequencing testing for the purposes of ancestry and phenotype analysis. The lab utilizes industry standard methods compliant with CODIS (U.S. Combined DNA Index System) to determine person of origin in various biological samples.  

Confidential Testing Information given about the parties being tested is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written authorization.

Laboratory Accreditation The Human DNA Identification is accredited by the ANAB/ISO 17025:2017 for Forensic DNA testing.

Court Admissible Yes, results are valid in court. Proper documentation is maintained on the test specimens to insure that accurate, reliable results are obtained and can be used in the court of law.

Turnaround Time Test results are usually available 2-4 weeks after all samples are received at the laboratory.

Our Experts
Jesse Cox, M.D., Ph.D., A(ACHI)
Director, Human DNA Identification Laboratory
University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
Mellissa Helligso, MT (ASCP), MFS
Manager, Technical Lead, Forensic DNA Analyst
Human DNA Identification Laboratory
University of Nebraska Medical Center