When reviewing your legal DNA test results here are a few things that’ll help understand your results a little bit better:
- Always be sure that the laboratory lists their company accreditations on the report. That’s especially important with court-admissible legal testing.
- You’ll notice a column labeled Locus or Loci. These are your actual DNA markers. These are the sections of your DNA the Ph.D. uses to compare one person’s genetic makeup to another person in efforts to determine a relationship. These Locus produce what is called an allele. The columns marked “allele” on the DNA test report contain numbers indicating the two alleles found at each locus (or one number if they are the same size). By rule of thumb if more than 3 allele combinations do not match the person is NOT related.
- Next, you’ll have an interpretation of your results. This is where the Ph.D. writes a synopsis of what your report means and what the percentage of relationship is. That number can be in the form of a percentage or ratio. (Example 99.9% or 0 to 1)
- Lastly, for all legal court-admissible results always make sure that a licensed notary from the laboratory signs your report. You’ll also see a signature of the Ph.D. confirming that the results are accurate.
We’re always here to answer your questions regarding DNA testing before and after the DNA testing process. We don’t charge for those consultations. Please feel free to call and a technician will gladly answer all your questions.