Factors Affecting the Costs Involved in DNA Paternity Testing
Biological relationships are now commonly confirmed by DNA testing. The DNA Paternity Test is the most common test, being used primarily to determine the paternity of a child for one reason or another. There are several factors which can influence the cost of such a test, the major of which are discussed below.
1. Quality of Testing
In theory, the fewer genetic loci involved in a paternity test, the lower should be the cost. However, while the standard these days is to test for at least 16 genetic loci, a cheaper test involving fewer loci would of lower quality, so you get what you pay for. Not only that, but the cost will also be influenced by the quality of ‘consumables’ used in the test: validated industry standards, such as Promega kits, will be more costly than those produced by the laboratory itself.
2. Number of Subjects Involved
In general, the greater the number of subjects involved in the test, then the higher will be the cost. Sometimes, particularly in DNA Paternity Testing, no charge will be made for the test on the mother if that is included, but normally the price will increase proportionate to the number of people involved.
3. Time Taken for the Test
You will likely pay more if you request a fast turn-round time. Basically, the quicker you want the results the more the test is likely to cost. In fact, the extra cost of having the results within 24-48 hours could be the same as the DNA testing.
4. Where the Test is Carried Out
The cost of DNA Testing will vary according to the country in which the test is carried out. This variation is largely connected with the market demand for such testing, and in country such as the USA, for example, there is a much larger demand than is most other countries. The cost is then determined by competition and price savings associated with high volume testing, and can be consequently lower than elsewhere.
5. The Type of Test and Nature of the Sample
Not all DNA testing is carried out the same way, and some types of test will cost more than others will. The price you pay will depend largely on the type of test required, other variables being equal. Hence, the analysis involved in sibling tests are more complex than DNA paternity tests, and the cost will be correspondingly higher. The situation is just the same for other forms of DNA Relationship Testing, and an additional factor that has implications on the cost is the type of sample submitted. Oral or Buccal swabs are easier to test than a hair sample, for example, and so the hair sample will cost more due to the extra preparatory work required.
6. Standard and Legal Testing
The extra cost of a legal DNA Test over a standard test is not generated by any difference in accuracy between the two, because there is none. It is because of the extra costs involved in the legal test, and the extra responsibility that legal test implies. The kit used to collect the samples is generally more comprehensive and more expensive, the samples have to be couriered to ensure no tampering through a proper chain of custody, an external third party is necessary for notarization and appointments for sample collection have to be set up. There are others, but each of these has a cost implication.
There are therefore several factors that influence the cost of a DNA Test, and that cost will be reflected in the price charged. Due to the potential complexity of the pricing structure, then, you are advised to get the price confirmed first before you order the test.
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