Keep in mind the following:

The lab cannot perform this test if the aunt / uncle is NOT a full sibling to the alleged father in question.

As with all relationship DNA tests, we strongly suggest including the sample of a known parent to provide stronger results.

Cost of avuncular testing

Avuncular DNA testing is priced from $699 for aunt or uncle and one child. Your results will be ready between 7-10 working days after receipt of samples at the laboratory.

The home sample collection kit

All DNA samples are collected by means of oral swabs supplied in the home sampling kit we provide. Kits contain:

  • Mouth swabs – these need to be rubbed inside the mouth and under the tongue
  • Instructions – these explain the exact procedure you need to successfully collect your samples
  • Consent forms – these forms require signatures and some basic information. They authorize homeDNAdirect to test your samples
  • Return envelope- to be used to send us back your samples

Aunt/uncle testing instead of paternity testing

An aunt/uncle DNA test may be useful when the alleged father is deceased or else unable to participate in the test. In this case, we are able to take use the DNA of the alleged father’s siblings and compare this DNA to that of the child of the alleged father (the niece or nephew of the aunt or uncle). The result of your avuncular DNA test will show a probability of relationship. The higher the probability, the more likely it is that the participants are biologically related.

We always recommend doing a paternity DNA test in cases where the father’s DNA sample is available for testing. An aunt/uncle test is only to be used as an alternative if the alleged father is unable to take part in the test.

DNA samples you can use

We understand that mouth swabs samples might not always be the easiest sample for you to get hold of. This is why we offer the option of forensic testing which is ideal when it is not possible to provide DNA samples taken using the mouth swabs inside our kit.


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