DNA Testing in a Different State

When two parties need a legal DNA test to determine or verify the paternity of a child, but the parties live in different states, the process can become complicated based on federal and state paternity laws. Even if both parties are agreeable to a DNA test, certain conditions apply. If they don’t follow the correct…

Maternity DNA Testing in Adoption Cases

The adoption process can become treacherous when biological relationships and parental rights are muddy. DNA maternity testing clears the waters by demonstrating whether a woman could be the biological mother of a child. Like a DNA paternity test, maternity testing compares a child’s DNA pattern with that of the alleged mother to determine how likely…

DNA Testing Around the World

Access to DNA practices has traditionally been limited to those in scientific disciplines. Today, genetic code data are being incorporated into law enforcement, commercial testing services and online ancestral databases. Today, many individuals and organizations have direct access to DNA testing. Laboratories, educational institutions, and governments worldwide are storing genetic profiles, and many wonder about…

Verification Methods in Immigration Practices

Genetic lab testing for DNA immigration applications has become a standard option for families who need to demonstrate biological relationships to prove immigration eligibility. Many countries now look to DNA testing as a means of documenting biological family relationships in the absence of reliable birth certificates or family records. DNA immigration tests screen applicants for…

Using DNA Paternity Tests to Determine Infidelity

With many Hollywood celebrity couples or those involving other rich and famous individuals, the issue of infidelity comes up often. It’s a result, say observers, of the high-glamour and party lifestyles of celebrities. When incidents of infidelity and possible cases of extra-marital children abound, it’s now almost a given that a DNA paternity test is…

Why Genetic Traits Matter in DNA Testing

Thanks to genetic reconstruction techniques using DNA testing methods, a statistically significant estimation of paternity can often be determined by testing an alleged father’s biological relatives.   These results are reliable enough to be used as proof for social security benefits, inheritance claims, immigration applications and more. Since the 1990s, paternity testing methods have shifted away…

DNA DIAGNOSTICS CENTER (DDC), One of the World’s Largest Commercial DNA Testing Labs Announces Executive Promotions At the Company’s US and UK Headquarters

Peter Vitulli, President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), one of the world’s largest commercial DNA testing labs, announced today that the following DDC employees have been promoted from within: Jerry Watkins is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer; Kathy Leis is Vice President of Lab Operations; David Silver is Vice President of…

DNA Privacy in Recent News

The laws regarding DNA collection and privacy vary from state to state, with California leading the way with its Genetic Information Privacy Act, which seeks to protect individuals from the unauthorized use of their genetic information and ensure that genetic information is not collected, stored, or disclosed without the individual’s authorization. At the Supreme Court…