Paternity For Life
Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and Paternity For Life
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At Paternity For Life, we are following all advice provide by both the UK 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 our Legal Collection Appointments, Paternity For Life recommends using WJ Legal. WJ Legal is a Legal Forensic Sampling Company who can attend your home address for collection of your sample. All WJ Legal Sample Collectors are forensically aware and can safely and hygienically take all needed samples. Our collectors already enforce strict hygiene practices during collections but will be taking extra precautions over the coming weeks including the use of gloves, face masks and sterile wipes.

That being said, 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 0330 133 1944

Y Chromosome Test (Y-DNA)

The Y-Chromosome DNA Test, or Y-STR DNA test, can help male relatives to establish if they share a biological father or common paternal line. The Y-Chromosome is passed on virtually unchanged through the paternal line and therefore can be used to establish if a relationship exists. A Y-Chromosome Test may be suitable if two males are wishing to confirm they share the same father, but cannot undertake Paternity Testing.

The Y-Chromosome DNA Test compares genetic markers on the Y-Chromosome of the two males tested to confirm they share a common paternal line. As all males from the same paternal line will have the same Y-Chromosome, the results from this DNA test will confirm if the individuals share a Y-Chromosome but not the exact relationship between the males tested. For example, a son may share the same Y-Chromosome with his father, grandfather and uncle. You will need to infer the relationship from the results of the tests and the alleged relationship between tested individuals.

Sample Collection Process

Samples can be collected by the individuals to be tested themselves, at home. Paternity for Life uses mouth swabs for a simple and painless collection process. Upon receiving your application and payment, Paternity for Life will send a collection kit to your nominated address. This kit will contain everything you need to collect the samples, along with clear instructions on how to do so. Once the samples have been collected, they are then returned to us in the supplied return envelope.


Results will be available within 14 – 21 working days, from when we receive your samples at our laboratory. Results will only be sent to the parties being tested (or their legal guardian), to the email addresses provided at time of sample collection. A hard copy of your results can also be arranged (additional fees apply).



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