At DNAQ, we are following all current advice provided by the Australian Government, local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), and taking extra precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of our laboratory staff and customer service team to minimise any disruption to testing
Please be advised our laboratory is still operational, and we are currently not experiencing any delays with processing of samples.
For all non-legal testing, a testing kit can be sent directly to your home address. You can simply collect the sample yourself at home, and post it back to DNAQ in the supplied prepaid return envelope. Legal Collection appointments are also still available at our laboratory in Brisbane upon request. However, if you are experiencing any virus-like symptoms or have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, we recommend delaying your collection or rescheduling your appointment to a later date.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 1300 172 837.
DNAQ always strongly recommends that when submitting a sample for testing, it is collected using our specialised mouth swab collection kit. However, we also understand that for all cases it may not be possible to collect samples via this method. Therefore, we are also able to provide our clients with the alternate option of submitting discreet or non-standard samples for testing.
All testing of non-standard samples is undertaken in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. Once a DNA profile is successfully obtained DNAQ can provide proof of parentage that is up to 99.99% accurate. Please note that as the source of non-standard samples typically cannot be verified, all discreet testing is for peace of mind testing only. The results cannot be used for any purposes except for your own peace of mind and the results will not be admissible in a court of law.
|Sample Type||Requirements||Success Rate||Price (per sample)*|
|Blood||Minimum 5 mL in a pathology tube or on FTA card||~99%||$130|
|Fingernails||Minimum 5 pieces of recent nail clippings||~90%||$130|
|Hair||Minimum 5 strands of hair with follicle attached||~95%||$130|
|Buccal Swab||Minimum 2 swabs (if not using our specialised mouth swab collection kit)||~85%||$130|
|Blood Stain||Minimum 2 spots. Each spot is to be a minimum of 3cm x 3cm||Not recommended due to low concentration and high chance of contamination.||$130|
|Semen Stain||Minimum 2 spots. Each spot is to be a minimum of 3cm x 3cm||Not recommended due to low concentration and high chance of contamination.||$130|
|Other||Please contact us to discuss other sample requirements and costs.|
*This cost is in addition to the cost of our Non-Legal Paternity Test, where the sample being submitted for one party being tested is a Discreet or Non-Standard Sample.
Please note if you would like both samples that are submitted for testing to be non-standard or discreet samples you will need to select ‘Non-Standard Sample’ x 2 on your application.
1. Will there be enough viable DNA on the sample?
While we will make every attempt possible to obtain a result, DNAQ can never guarantee that a discreet or non-standard sample will contain enough DNA or that a DNA profile can be successfully obtained.
To increase the probability of successfully extracting DNA and obtaining a single profile from a discreet item we recommend submitting an item mentioned in the table above. DNAQ always recommends submitting a sample using our standard mouth swab kit when possible.
2. Who else may have come into contact with the sample?
An important factor to consider is who else may have come into contact with the sample. Discreet samples are often contaminated, and the source of the sample cannot always be verified. For example, if you wish to submit a hair sample, we recommend obtaining fresh hair strands with the follicle attached rather than those that you may find on a hairbrush, as there is a possibility that the hairbrush may have been used by other people.
3. How was the discreet sample collected?
To make sure the item submitted is not contaminated by the collector’s DNA, you should always wash your hands or wear gloves, and avoid touching the sample if not necessary. When collecting hair samples, please ensure the collectors hair is tied back to avoid unintentional contamination.
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