Forensic DNA Testing Services
homeDNAdirect Ireland offers DNA forensic testing services. We carry out analysis of forensic samples using the same DNA testing technology that is used by law enforcement officials and crime investigation agencies around the world.
DNA tests can now be performed using a wide range of material as per our extensive list below. This technology can therefore be used to answer questions of paternity and other biological relationships, as well as in cases requiring infidelity DNA testing.
Note: We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a discreet sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.
Alternative DNA Sources
|Category||General Comments||Packaging Comments||Additional Charge
|Bone Marrow||Fresh (collected within 30 days) or Frozen- No marrow on slides or in paraffin.||Request Consultation.||€150||90% or higher|
|Blood on Filter paper||Also called Whatman, Matrix or Parchment; less than 60 days old.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||90% or higher|
|Semen||Frozen vial (Sperm bank) or fresh swab; Semen on fabric.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||90% or higher|
|Blood stain on fabric||Includes bandages, gauze and facial tissues (Kleenex) or napkins.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60-90%|
|Fingernail / Nail clippings||Need 5-10 clippings.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60-90%|
|Diabetic Test Strips||Need 5-6 strips.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60-90%|
|Tissue (muscles, organs); non-embalmed||Depends on age and storage conditions; CHAIN ONLY.||Request consultation.||€150||60-90%|
|Ear swab||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60-90%|
|Fetal Demise||Ref sample from M REQ; success increases w/ age of fetus (detect of maternal DNA poss) CHAIN ONLY.||Request consultation.||€75||60-90%|
|Umbilical Cord||Dried, must have a reference sample from mother.||Ship in paper envelope or as preserved.||€75||60-90%|
|Semen stain on fabric||Area should be indicated on fabric; incl bandages, gauze & tissues or napkins.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60-90%|
|Hair with roots||Ensure roots are present (7-10 hairs) – shed or cut hair will not work.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Razor (Electric, Disposable)||Send entire blade or disposable razor, debris can be sent in envelope.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Cigarette Butts||Depends on type/brand.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Chewing Gum||Sugarless preferred.||Ship in plastic Zip-Lock bag.||€75||60% or less|
|Mucus||Facial tissue (Kleenex), napkin or paper towel.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Condom||Depends on storage condition / swab inside of condom.||Ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Tissue Sample; paraffin embedded||Paraffin block or slides.||Request consultation.||€150||60% or less|
|Toothbrush||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Soda can / drinking glass / plastic container||Swab well w/ cotton swab or send in article with area clearly marked.||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Tampon/Feminine Pad||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Drinking Straw||Air-dry and ship in paper envelope.||€75||60% or less|
|Envelope flaps||Depends on age of envelope and how sealed.||Request consultation.||€75||60% or less|
|Tissue (muscles, organs); embalmed||Deceased has been embalmed; tissues in formalin/formaldehyde not accepted.||Request consultation.||€150||60% or less|
|Bones from exhumed body||For forensic cases only.||For forensic cases only.||POA||N/A|
|Tooth||Molar, premolar or canine preferred.||Ship in paper envelope.||POA||N/A|
|Bone||Femur or humorus bone, 3-4 inches in length use clean blade.||Request consultation.||POA||N/A|
|*homeDNAdirect cannot unconditionally guarantee successful analysis of these samples. We will however make every attempt to provide you with the results you require.|
Discreet samples cannot be guaranteed to work and are only viable for testing if adequate levels of DNA are found on the sample submitted. Please note that if the sample submitted has no DNA or only contains degraded DNA, a profile may not be obtained. The way in which the sample was collected and stored and how old the DNA sample is can affect the chances of successful DNA extraction.
As a guideline, we have provided you with an extraction success rate percentage in the above table showing how often the sample is successful. Please note that the prices above are in addition to cost of the DNA test selected.
If you are sending more than one discreet sample kindly contact to discuss special discounts.
If you order a test that includes a non-standard sample, you can still receive our DNA test kit to obtain the sample of any other test participants.
We advise to read our terms and conditions if you intend using a forensic sample.
You may read further on DNA testing or choose one of the options below to discuss forensic DNA testing with us.
The Human Tissue Act
It is important to be aware that in the UK the Human Tissue Act regulates the collection and analysis of any human tissue. This includes any stain of biological material not matter how small. In order to send a sample for analysis, the person or donor of that sample must give their consent in writing in order for us to test their sample. Furthermore, in order to be fully compliant with the Human Tissue Act, the donor of the sample must also be made aware of how their DNA sample will be used.