HomeDNA

Homedna.com claims to have a testing procedure that cannot be beaten by any other home testing kit. It is another organization that is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. The base level of accuracy for home testing kits is set at 99%. HomeDNA are happy to announce that their basic level of accuracy is around 99.999% which is approximately 1,000 times above the basic level.

How Does It Work?
The site’s home testing procedure is remarkably similar to that of other sites. You have to:

  • Register Your Kit Online: Fill in the online form available on the site and enter the serial number of your kit once you receive it.
  • Take Samples: The kit includes a number of swabs which must be used to swipe the inside of your cheek. You then return the samples by placing them in a special envelope before sending them off to the company lab.
  • Results: In approximately 5 business days, you will receive your results which can be viewed online.

Cost
The HomeDNA Paternity Testing System costs just $78 and for that you receive all the necessary testing equipment which has been approved by the FDA. This test is designed for the possible father and child with an additional $25 to be paid if the mother is also to be tested. As this greatly increases the accuracy, customers are encouraged to avail of this option. It is possible to receive the results of this test overnight for just $12. The current price is a special offer as the product normally costs $150.

Other Information
HomeDNA use 16 DNA markers in their tests which is more or less industry standard. We know that a child inherits DNA from its mother and father, both of whom have 23 chromosomes. As each parent gives exactly half of the child’s DNA, a child is born with 23 pairs of chromosomes. There are specific DNA sequences in each pair that are analyzed and used to identify the parents of the child. The key to determining parenthood is through testing of these DNA sequences.

You can also get the testing system for just $8 which is the cost of shipping. You will be able to test yourself and the child but in order to receive the results, you still have to pay the $150 to cover lab fees. In this instance, adding an extra person costs $85 which means the original system is a far better bet at just $78.

Verdict
HomeDNA seems to offer a solid paternity test but there is nothing remarkable about it. There are more accurate testing kits. Beta Paternity’s kit achieves a 99.9999% accuracy which is 10 times more accurate. Also, it is not clear whether the 99.999% claim is for the paternity test where the mother is involved or not. This is significant; a test with the mother’s DNA can be between 10-100 times more accurate. That being said, HomeDNA’s special offer price of $78 is tempting and is well below the hundreds of dollars charged by other organizations. They also use 16 DNA markers so customers know that the company is definitely a professional outfit and produce extremely accurate results.