This is a question I see a lot. People want to know how to beat DNA paternity results, or if the lab itself has switched samples to produce incorrect DNA testing results. This is really a two part discussion.
Falsified Paternity Test Results
First, there are no trustworthy DNA testing service laboratories that will falsify Paternity DNA testing results, and an individual cannot “beat” a paternity test. You can’t change your DNA by taking special vitamins, drinking a lot of water, medications, or alcohol. The quesiton of “am I a Chimera” comes up often as well. (We have a wonderful post about the subject you should really take a look at). When performing an at home DNA paternity test, if all participants are not present when taking the DNA samples, some people may think about using someone else’s DNA in place of their own. This is why the personal DNA testing is not deemed to be admissible in court. For a legal DNA test all participants are collected at a collection facility by a third party with no interest in the outcome of the paternity results. Identification is verified to ensure the correct participants are collected.
Paternity Test Lab Errors
The second part of this discussion involves the laboratory actually performing the DNA testing. Could they have switched the samples to give incorrect paternity results? I can’t speak for all laboratories; however, any reputable or accredited laboratory follows very strict guidelines to prevent this from happening. When samples are run, and the paternity results are negative, here at Identigene, we run the DNA samples again to make sure they are accurate. If the paternity results are positive, the chances that the samples happened to be switched with another case, and the alleged father in that case is the real biological father, are exceedingly unlikely.
These are sensitive topics in the world of DNA testing and Paternity results that seems to be all over the place. If you do have anything to add, or additional questions please let us know. We welcome discussion.