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What is a paternity test?

A DNA paternity test is a conclusive scientific way to determine if a man is the true biological father of a child. DNA paternity testing is also often referred to simply as a DNA test, a paternity test or DNA testing.

A simple mouth swab is used to collect a small DNA sample from the alleged father and from the child (and preferably the mother) and the samples are then sent to Cellmark's specialist DNA laboratory for testing and analysis.

The same type of DNA testing can be used to establish other relationships such as maternity, sibling (brother or sister), uncle/aunt or grandparent relationships.

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