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Understanding your Paternity Test Results

Paternity test results provide passionate and sometimes life changing answers. This one page report holds information of paternity …is the alleged father the biological father of the child?

DNA Profiles are Used in Paternity Testing

The IDENTIGENE paternity test result shows DNA profiles for each participant, the combined parentage index (CPI), and a percentage of probability indicating the strength of the results. All of this information in a paternity test answers one specific question.

DNA Markers in Paternity Testing.

The DNA profiles in paternity testing consist of DNA markers (usually 15) that are used to determine if there is a biological match, the same codis markers used by the FBI for DNA evidence. Each Marker location shows 2 alleles (the numbers listed under each participant in the example below). Everyone receives one number from their biological mother and one number from their biological father. These markers are analyzed to verify matches between the alleged father and the child. If the markers between the alleged father and child match they are given a Parentage Index number that indicates how common that marker is among the population. If the marker is rare the number will be higher, if the marker is common the number will be lower. These numbers calculate to give the probability of paternity. The probability of paternity for inclusions must be higher than 99%. The probability of paternity for exclusions will show as 0%.

Locus Alleged Father Child Parentage Index
D2S1338 12,13 10,12 1.845
D2S1358 8,11 11,14 2.714
D8S1179 21.2, 32 19, 21.2 3.675
D19S433 15,18 12,15 8.338

The example above shows an inclusion paternity test result: Alleged father and child match at each location

Locus Alleged Father Child Parentage Index
D2S1338 12,13 8,9 0.00
D2S1358 8,11 13,14 0.00
D8S1179 21.2,32 19, 21.2 0.67
D19S433 7, 12 11,14 0.79

The example above shows an exclusion paternity test result: Alleged father and child do not match each location. (This example also indicates the markers that do match have low Parentage Index which indicates common among the population.)

Know For Sure

The Conclusion Section of the Paternity Test Results

When you read the conclusion section of your paternity test results you will find one of the following statements followed by a percentage of probability.

John Doe is excluded as the biological father of James Doe.

This means that John Doe cannot be the father of James Doe because the analysis shows that they do not share a paternity relationship and the report will indicate a 0% paternity probability.

John Doe is not excluded as the biological father of James Doe.

This means that John Doe is considered to be the father of James Doe because the analysis shows that they share a paternity relationship. The probability of paternity will show 99% or higher.

Why does the paternity test report say “not excluded” if the person is the father?

With paternity testing it is possible to exclude a possible father with 100% certainty; however, the only way to include someone as the biological father with 100% certainty would be to test the entire genome of an individual. That means their entire DNA. Paternity tests use a standard of 15 markers which can get probabilities up to 99.99% which means he is “not excluded”. The paternity test results are 99.99% confident that he is the biological father.

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  1. If my result came to a 99.98% it say the alleged father cannot be excluded as the biological father

    • Hi Brehapyness,
      This means the alleged father tested is considered to be the biological father. I hope this helps clarify the result. If you have any more questions or need more clarification, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  2. Hi I have a friend that believes her cjild shares the same dna from two seperated unrelated males. Is this possible? She thinks this way because her son looks like one guy but has epilepsy that is genetic butthe one he looks like doesnt have epilepsy in his family but the other guy does.

    • Hi Leafee,
      With DNA, there can only be two contributors. This means the mother’s DNA and only ONE father. With a DNA test, both father’s can be tested to settle any questions about paternity. We are currently doing a discount for testing through the end of September. The discount is $30 off the $129 lab fee. This means for $99+kit+$89 for the additional participant, both alleged fathers can be tested. I hope this information helps, for more questions or help, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  3. My brother ex girlfriend had slept with two guy before she had her baby girl. My brother got a DNA test but hadn’t done it yet because the other guy she slept with did and it came back with a 88.2%. My brother feels like that % is high enough he don’t need to be tested. The two guys are not related at all. Is 88.3% high or should my brother still take his own? What are the chances it’s the other guys?

    • Hi Hayley,
      A test result under 99% or over 0% is considered an inconclusive result. This means the result is not concrete. Did the mother test? Typically, when results are inconclusive, it means the mother did not participate and her DNA would help in attaining a concrete result. We recommend testing with the mother if the two alleged fathers are not related. Hopefully including the mother will close the gap between inconclusive results and a conclusive. If you have any more questions please call 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  4. he Combined Parentage Index is 668,830 (corresponding to a Probability of Paternity of 99.99%, assuming prior probability = 0.5) and indicates that these genetic data are 668,830 times more likely if ROBERT R MAYES II is the biological father of BREYA M MAYES than if an untested, unrelated Caucasian man is the biological father. This genetic analysis excludes at least 99.99% of Caucasian men from paternity. These results do not supersede any genetic testing directly involving the biological mother of BREYA M MAYES.
    Genetic System Child Alleged Father Relationship Index

    what does this mean?

    • Hi Tasha,
      With a 99.99% probability of relationship, this means
      the alleged father is considered to be the biological father. It means it excludes 99.99% of all other untested Caucasian males and no direct testing was done between child and mother’s DNA. I hope this information helps. If you have more questions or concerns about the results of your test, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  5. The results are 99.95 and there is a statement below which says:
    Please Note: Should the data from the biological mother be available, the above results could change” what does this mean?

    • Hi Tasha,
      Typically including the mother can help strengthen the result of the DNA test. Since a child receives half of the DNA from mom and dad, having the KNOWN DNA will help strengthen the result. This means that instead of the 99.95%, including the mother MAY raise it to 99.99% if she was not included initially in the testing process. I hope this information helps. If you have any more questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  6. Hi iv recently done a test with another company and my results don’t make sense but they keep fobbing me off. It says he is excluded as there are 12 inconsistencies but when we looked through it there are only 9 and he has 6 matches but it also says they cannot be excluded if they have 3 or more markers matching so the whole test contradicts itself any ideas as we paid for peace of mind and we have far from that.

    • Hi Amber-Rose,
      Our apologies. We cannot comment on another DNA testing company’s test or procedures. Did you check if they are accredited?
      IDENTIGENE is a highly accredited laboratory, following strict guidelines and procedures to ensure accurate results. Typically, when there are three or more mismatches, the alleged father can be excluded from paternity. In order to have a confirmed relationship, there must be a match on all markers. We offer an at-home paternity test for a lab fee of $129 + the kit. (Coupons are available for both depending on stores.) The test can be found at your local, Rite-Aid, CVS, or Walmart stores. We would be more than happy to assist you in gaining the peace of mind you are after because we understand how life changing it can be. For more information or to order a test, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment and patience.

  7. Would it be unusual for a person tested to have 7 of the 17 allele tested to
    only have 1 number represented(identical or homozygous)?,as the alleged father
    I have that occurrence and wonder if it could skew the results? the test came back
    with interpretation 0 so I was excluded. 9 total exclusions with 6 excluded where I only have 1 number represented , and the number is off by 1 on 4 of these 2 on the other 2
    between alleged father and child. Could there be that many mutations to give false
    results and I still be the bio of the child?

    • Hi James,
      For a relationship to be confirmed, ALL markers must have a match. Numbers close, or off by one or two, are not a positive match, and would receive a 0% probability of relationship. In order to be considered as the biological father of a child, ALL markers must have a positive match and the percentage would read in the high 90′s. I hope this information helps. If you have any more questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  8. What is the paternity percentage for a CPI that’s over 2,000 ?

    • Hi Lola,
      If the Conclusion reads, “is EXCLUDED as the biological father,” this means that he is NOT the father because the data in the table do not support a paternity relationship. When a possible father is EXCLUDED as the biological father, the Combined Paternity Index (CPI) is 0 and the Probability of Paternity is 0%. If the Conclusion reads, “is NOT EXCLUDED as the biological father,” this means that he is most likely to be the father because the data in the table strongly support a paternity relationship. When a possible father is NOT EXCLUDED, the Combined Paternity Index (CPI) is 100 (or larger) and the Probability of Paternity is typically 99.99% (or higher). This is a unique probability of relationship within the population. Typically, courts require a CPI higher than 100 for proof of paternity. 99.99% is the highest probability possible within a DNA test.
      I hope this information helps, if you have any more questions you can reach us at: 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  9. Okay, so a swab DNA test was done on my daughter at 4 days old and her father because her father had had a vasectomy(later to find out that it had untied). The results came back 0% which is absolutely wrong. I was never, at any point in our relationship, with anyone else. I have no doubt in my mind that her father IS in fact her biological father! Please explain to me how this could happen and why it would come back 0%??? This is ruining our relationship and making it look like i was cheating which is not at all the case!

    • Hi Katy,
      IDENTIGENE is 100% accurate based on the samples received in our lab. Our lab follows a very strict process and guidelines to ensure the accuracy of the results given. With an at-home test, we cannot verify that a sample envelope labeled “John Doe” was in fact the DNA belonging to John Doe. Were you able to witness the collection of all the participants as well as mailing them off? Have in mind that mistakes can happen intentionally and unintentionally. It is very important that you are certain the correct samples were sent in because your results are based on the swabs provided to our lab. If honesty may be a problem with the collection process, we recommend a court-admissible test collection. A court-admissible test offers a witnessed collection and sending of the samples by a disinterest third party to our lab, leaving no room for paternity fraud to occur. If you would like to order a court-admissible test or have any more questions in general, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  10. Hi, Is it Legal for the Assumed Father to swab my childs DNA without my permission? He went behind my back and did it, he is NOT on the child’s birth certificate. Also, Is it possible for the Assumed Father to swab HIS own mouth twice or His and a older child of his mouth and they test come back 99.99% How can I tell if the test results are actually from MY child?

    • Hi Curious Mother,
      When doing an at-home paternity test, we trust our customers to provide us with the samples they would like tested as well as a signature consent to test the samples mailed in to our lab. The court-admissible test requires legal proof of guardianship and is also witnessed by a disinterested third party in order to prevent collection mistakes. Our lab would be able to detect if the same sample was sent in twice, we would not continue testing until we obtain the correct sample to test against. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any other questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  11. Question, Results came back 99.99 for me, is it possible two nonrelated people can both come up with a 99.99 test result if both men were to end up getting tested?

    • Hi Smiley,
      Unless they are identical twins, the results will come back different if there are two people testing. Even brothers will have significantly different results if testing against each other. Since there are two unrelated participants, the results cannot both come back to be 99.99%. If this does occur, there is a very high chance that our lab received the same samples. If this is the case, we will contact you and let you know the same sample was received twice. At this point, we can offer a recollection to ensure we have the sample you would like tested in our facility. I hope this information is helpful. If you have more questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  12. I mailed my envelope over a week ago and I still haven’t gotten a confirmation email stating it’s arrived or been able to log into the site..

    • Hi Cassidy,
      Typically the mailing time frame is 5-10 mailing days before it arrives to our lab. You are more than welcome to call us and check to see if we have received it. There are some instances where a mistake may have been made in transferring the email address into our system. I hope this information helps and that you hear from us soon! You can reach us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  13. My grandsons came back 99.99 that the man I thought was his father is. Very happ about it. I see they r so close on the markers. His dad was as happy as us all. 3 and a half years not knowing he had a beautiful son. Ty for getting it to us so fast. I am guessing 99.99 can’t get any higher?

    • Hi Laurir,
      We are happy to hear about your results! The highest probability in DNA testing is 99.99%, congratulations on the happy news!

  14. If I sent out a test today when will my results be ready.

    • Hi Nicole,
      Did you use our mailing envelope provided in the kit? If so, the envelope can take from 5-10 mailing fays to arrive at our lab. Have in mind this weekend is a holiday weekend for the post office. After we receive the samples, it will typically take 2 full business days for results to be ready. If you provided an email address, we will notify you when the samples arrive as well as when your results are ready. I hope this information helps! If you have more questions please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  15. Does 99.48% probility of relationships mean he is the father? Why doesnt it say probility of peternity?

    • Hi Theresa,
      Thank you for your question! Anything over a 99% is considered to be an inclusion for paternity. This means we do consider the alleged father to be the biological father. We have other tests at IDENTIGENE including Sibling, Maternity, Grandparent, and Avuncular. The results statement reads “probability of relationship” in order to keep the consistency in results between all the other types of DNA tests. Since you took a paternity test, the probability of relationship reflects the probability of paternity. If you read the statement under the conclusion box, it will explain the paternity percentages for your test. I hope this information is helpful. If you have more questions on understand the results statement, or any other questions in general, please call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  16. What if they are brothers how would you tell the dna results apart?

    • Hi San,
      I am understanding the alleged fathers are brothers? If so, are they identical twins? Unless they are identical twins, DNA will be significantly different even when related. We recommend having both alleged fathers tested, and to include the biological mother. This will help reduce the chances of an inconclusive result. To test an additional participant, the cost will be $89. I hope this information helps. If you have more questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  17. Okay if I am pregnant now by someone else and the court ordered me to have a DNA test done on my daughter and the alleged father of her who is not the father of the child I’m not inpregnanted with will that mess up the results between my daughter and her alleged father

    • Hi Celeste,
      I understand you are asking if being pregnant will change or affect results between you, another born child and an alleged father? If this is the case, the answer is no. DNA is unique to you and your child carries DNA in the amniotic sac that will not affect yours in collection for a paternity test with another child. I hope this information is helpful. If you have more questions, please call us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your patience and comment!

  18. what does it mean if your percent is 650%, Does that mean that this person is the father?

    • Hi Veronica,
      Thank you for your question! Did you test with IDENTIGENE? As we cannot speak for other companies, our results will range on a scale from 0-100% probability of paternity. Anything above 99% is an inclusion in paternity, a 0% being an exclusion. Anything in between will be considered an inconclusive result, meaning there was not a strong enough sample or the mother may need to be included in testing if not already. I hope this information helps in understanding the results scale. If you have more questions on our DNA Paternity Test, please call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. We are more than happy to assist you!

  19. I had a court order for DNA test. Both parents and child was tested. Today I get results and it says 0% and excluded but they share same markers. If the father has one testicle when most men have 2 could that effect the results? Please help

    • Hi Celeste,
      Humans share 99% of DNA with each other. There are only some unique markers that help determine relationships within DNA. The fact that some markers are matching is common, through testing and analyzing DNA our lab will determine the probability of relationship based on the unique markers. In order for a man to be considered the biological father, ALL markers must have a match. Once three or more markers do not match, our lab rules the relationship as an exclusion. Human anatomy will not change the DNA a person carries. I hope this information is helpful, if you have any more questions, please call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. We are more than happy to assist and discuss your case over the phone in detail. Thank you for your comment!

  20. My results came back as 57% what does that mean?

    • Hi Lucky,
      If you the results are inconclusive then the percentage would be between 1% and 98% with the report stating what the results support. Inconclusive testing can result from a couple of reasons. One reason may be that the sample was not strong enough to conclude a solid yes (not excluded) or no (excluded). Did the biological mother test with the alleged father and child. Sometimes not including the mother will also result in an inconclusive result. The mother will help eliminate half of the DNA the child has from her, leaving only the DNA that must pertain to the alleged father. I hope this information is helpful! If you have anymore questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 1-888-404-4363, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET and we would be happy to assist you!

  21. Results were 97.56. Your statement says inconclusive, Do you consider me the father? Yet my state only accepts 99% or greater.

    • Hi Jodo,
      Thank you for your question! Anything above 0% and below 99% is considered to be inconclusive, which means we were not able to obtain a concrete yes (not excluded) or no (excluded). Typically, this will occur if the biological mother was not included in the test. Including the mother will eliminate half the DNA the child has leaving the other half to be tested for the alleged father. Our lab will then suggest if your are considered the father or not and give a matching percentage with the result statement, however, this is not a concrete (conclusive) statement. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

      More help:
      http://www.dnatesting.com/blog/dnatesting/2014/06/understanding-and-overcoming-inconclusive-results/

  22. I did a paternity test and it says blood is 0% what does that mean?

    • Hi Shull,
      I am having some trouble understanding your question. Would you be able to give me more context in how the statement reads? You are also welcome to call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  23. Do you have to swab the mouth for a DNA can you do it by blood collection ??

    • Hi Tish,
      Thank you for contacting IDENTIGENE! The accuracy between cheek cells and blood cells is the same. Your DNA will not change between a blood cell and a cheek cell; therefore we would get the same answer with either testing method. Cheek swabs are usually the preferred method of testing for a couple of reasons. It’s easier for the client to collect the samples, its easier and safer to ship the samples, it’s easier to test the samples in the lab, and a cheek swab will generally last longer than a blood sample.

      I hope this information helps. Feel free to give us a call 1-888-404-4363, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET with any further questions you may have and we will be more than happy to help you. Thank you for your comment!

  24. Yes I did I Actually went through the child support and both parties had came back not theirs but as I said those are the only parties that i slept with

    • Hi CraShanda,
      Have you considered checking the accreditation of the lab where you tested? Here at IDENTIGENE we are accredited by the AABB, as well as other agencies, for labs participating in court-admissible testing. If you are interested in doing a court-admissible test with IDENTIGENE, we are more than happy to assist you! You will need to contact our client support to order a test. You can reach us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. I hope this information helps. Thank you for your comment!

      Link to laboratory accreditation:
      http://www.dnatesting.com/dna-laboratory/dna-testing-laboratory-accreditations

  25. My test says 0% but if have diabetes do that effect the dna test n I wasn’t there to see him get tested

    • Hi Nique,
      DNA does not change when a person has the flu, disease or in your case, diabetes. In answer to your question, the test results would not be affected if an individual has diabetes. You will still obtain the 100% accurate results; based on the samples you sent in. We recommend witnessing the collection and sending of the samples to our lab. Doing so could avoid mistakes, intentional or unintentional. If you question the honesty during collection, we also recommend a court-admissible test which includes a witnessed collection, and sending off of samples by a third party. If you would like to order a court-admissible test or have any other questions, please feel free to call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  26. Question I had only slept with 2 people around the time I got pregnant and 1 like 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant when I found out I was pregnant I was 6 weeks already so with that being said I knew it couldn’t be the one guy I slept with before I found out I was pregnant but I had tested the other two and both came back saying Excluded i was wondering how can i go about this fixing this I had already tried to.fight the courts with this but they wasn’t really being any help may I ask for y’all advice please

    • Hi CraShanda,
      Have you considered testing with a court admissible test? We recommend this test for any concerns with courts, this test is accepted for any legal reasons.
      All legal DNA testing requires setting up a DNA collection appointment at a third party facility for each participant, and a legal guardian’s consent signature for any participant under the age of 18. Any participant over the age of 18 will be required to sign their own consent to be tested.

      For a DNA test to be processed for legal purposes we also require identification for each person, including a birth certificate for anyone who is underage and does not have a current state or federal photo ID. A current picture of each participant is also required and is usually taken at the time of the collection appointment. In order to set up your test and the collection appointments, you will need to give us a call at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. I hope this helps answer your question. Thank you for your comment!

  27. If your sick can that mess with the test results ??

    • Hi I need Help,
      The great thing about DNA is, even when we are sick, our DNA is still the same. There may be some medicines that linger in your mouth at time of collection if collection was done too soon after consumption, this can cause contamination. If and when contamination were to occur, our lab would contact you to ask for a recollection. Contamination is when the DNA sample was not clean, but it does not mean that the DNA was altered in some way. Recollections are free of charge when they are needed. I hope this helps in answering your question. Please feel free to contact our friendly client support if you have more questions. You can reach us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  28. I was there but no I didn’t witness him get swabbed & thnk u !

  29. Hey my daughter looks jus Iike the guy but the results say 0% how is that possible when my daughter looks jus like him and his other children

    • Hi I Need Help,
      Although physical traits are helpful in determining paternity, DNA is what we can trust since it is constant and unchanging. Our results are 100% accurate based on the samples we receive. If I may ask, were you able to witness him collecting his DNA on the swabs? If you have any question with the outcome of your results, asking yourself if the correct samples were sent in is definitely something to consider. A witnessed DNA test would help eliminate the chances for tampering with the samples, or whether mistakes we make intentionally or unintentionally. With a witnessed DNA test, a third party will collect and send the samples to our lab, leaving no room for errors during the collection process. I hope this information helps, if you have any more questions, please call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  30. How are motherless paternity test conducted? Is it possible to receive a false positive if the mother isn’t tested?

    • Hi Mother2014,
      Great question! We recommend testing the mother if at all possible, however, we do understand that there are circumstances she may not be available. It is common for most customers to send in only the child and the mother. We do not REQUIRE the mother to be tested, but we do highly RECOMMEND testing with her. Including the mother in testing does eliminate chances of the results coming back as inconclusive. A child will receive half the DNA from the mother and the other half from the father. This is why including the mother helps obtain a stronger result. You will still receive an accurate result, and an false positive will not occur from not testing the mother. If our lab finds the mother is necessary to obtain a conclusive result, we would notify you and ask for her samples at that point. The chance that we REQUIRE the mother’s DNA is small, but if necessary, we would ask if she were available, seek first-degree relatives to the mother, or discuss further options. I hope this information is helpful. You can reach our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  31. Does my name or my child’s name have to be included on the papers? Can we test anonymously

    • Hi Kasey,
      It is your decision if you would like to use an alias when testing, however we do not recommend it. For example, if your password is forgotten or needing to verify some case information, we may ask for a photo ID to change a password or add any information to your case. If you are not able to provide identification for the names you provide, we cannot add or change anything on your case. Our paternity testing is fast, accurate and confidential. The results of your test are only accessible to the participants of your test (including mother), and the payee. I hope this information helps. If you have any more questions please feel free to call our friendly client support, we are more than happy to assist you. You can reach us at 1-88-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  32. My results said I was not excluded. . But my numbers weren’t 99.99%… it was 97.50.. What does this mean?

    • Hi Corey,
      Great question! Results stating “not excluded” means you are considered to be the biological father. Did the biological mother test with you and your child? Typically, results that do not exclude you as the biological father but did not result in a 99.99%, mean that the mother was not included to help STRENGTHEN the result of the test. This does not mean the results are inaccurate. It is very probable to see that percentage increase if the mother is included. I hope this information is helpful in answering your question. If you continue to have questions, feel free to call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

      • I was told that anything 98% or below would be considered an inconclusive result. can you explain.

        • Hi Mark,
          Thank you for your patience! Anything below a 99% and above a 0% is considered to be an inconclusive result. Inconclusive results happen when the father and child’s markers are common among the population. Typically, this can be solved by including the mother in the DNA test as well. Including the mother will eliminate half of the DNA the child has, leaving only the father’s to be tested. If you would like to include the mother in testing, please call our friendly client support. Including her is free of charge and we will send supplies, if needed, at no cost. If you have any other questions, you can reach us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

          • then how is 97.50 a conclusive result? I was told that if the results say you are not excluded as the father then it was a conclusive result. can you explain.

          • Hi Mark,
            Anything above a 0% or below a 99% is considered to be an inconclusive result. The results may read a suggestion of paternity based on the DNA tested, but it is not considered to be conclusive or concrete. You are more than welcome to contact our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET so we may further discuss your results in detail. We can help you understand why the results came out with the percentage you show on your report and see what can be done to strengthen the result. For example, it may be the biological mother is needed to test along with the alleged father and child. I hope this information is helpful. thank you for your comment!

  33. Would Identigene be able to tell if there was a gene mutation present, where the child’s alleles were slightly higher or lower than the alleged fathers? I read on the website that this was the only way a child’s alleles wouldn’t match the fathers exactly, but how is this determined? Is the dna test able to determine this? Or does it just look like he’s not the father???

    • Hi Rob,
      Thank you for your patience and great question! We have consulted with our lab director about your question. We will notify you when we receive a response! You may also call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET, we may assist you over the phone with our lab director’s response. Thank you for your comment!

      • Hi Rob,
        Our lab director did get back to us with answers to your questions. Our labs would in fact be able to determine if there were genetic mutations. Our highly trained team would look at the markers and genetic data to determine if there was a mutation. When an alleged father is excluded from paternity, mutations are no longer an issue, since he was excluded from paternity. If there are more than 3 mismatches it is considered an exclusion. This is not to be confused with a mutation. The markers may seem that they are all slightly higher or lower, however that is how all the markers will typically look with all humans. Humans share are 99% of the same DNA, the remaining DNA is what makes us unique. Mutations would not affect the accuracy of your results. If you have any more questions regarding your results, please feel free to call our friendly client support at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your patience!

  34. hi I took a dna test last week & got the results yesterday it said that I can excluded the father but I took another test (court ordered) & it showed that he was the father how is this??? I will be calling to get a refund if I can’t I will be contacting my lawyer because I feel like this is a scam!!

    • Hi Jazz,

      Thank you for your patience in our responding and apologize for your concerns for we know that these results are life changing.

      IDENTIGENE provides the most accurate testing available on the market today. We have worked extremely hard to put measures in place that prevent any mistakes from being made throughout the entire DNA testing process from beginning to end. This is why the accreditation we hold as a laboratory are so important. (link listed below)

      If I may ask, were you able to WITNESS the collection of the samples and then mailed to our lab? Our lab at IDENTIGENE is 100% accurate based on the samples we receive. We trust our customer in receiving the samples that they do indeed belong to the person they are labeled. Paternity fraud is real, and still happens today.

      Our goal is to provide quality service and accurate results to all of our customers. The strict standards and procedures we follow extend to every single part of the process from the moment the samples arrive at our laboratory to the release of the analysis report when the testing is completed.

      Once testing has begun, we are no longer able to refund a test and upon receiving a conclusive result, meaning a yes (not excluded) or a no (excluded), we are also not able to test again without opening a new case.

      I hope this helped in answering your question, I will be more than happy to assist you with any more questions you may have. If you would like to contact us, you may do so at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM. Thank you again.

      Link to accreditations: http://www.dnatesting.com/dna-laboratory/dna-testing-laboratory-accreditations

    • so did anything come of “scam”? Im just curious. We do wonder how accurate testing is. (not meant to out-right discredit Identigene). So much characteristics have been so convincing we had right idea…now he is not father.

      • Hi Susan,
        Thank you for your comment. IDENTIGENE is a certified and accredited lab. We hold accreditation from AABB, NYSDOH, LAB, you can see our accreditation certificates on our website by following this link:

        http://www.dnatesting.com/dna-laboratory/dna-testing-laboratory-accreditations

        The at-home paternity test will not uphold in court since it was not collected or done by a third party. The at-home test is designed for the convenience of testing within your own home. This requires following the collection instructions correctly. Were you able to witness the child’s and alleged father’s swabbing as well as sending or dropping the samples in the mail before arriving to our lab? Have in mind, that collection mistakes can be done accidentally or intentionally. Paternity fraud is real and happens all the time.
        Our lab is 100% accurate based on the samples we receive, unfortunately for the at-home test, we have no way of verifying that the samples we received for John Doe, are actually from John Doe. We trust our customer to provide us with the samples they are paying to test.

        In the 20+ years we have been in business helping our customers with paternity questions, we have been providing our customers with accurate results. If you have any more questions, or would like to inquire a court-admissible test, please feel free to call our friendly client support. You can reach us at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET. Thank you for your comment!

  35. All the stuff match but it got 0.what can I do

    • Hi Teetee,

      Thank you for choosing Identigene! The results can be a little difficult to read and understand but here are a few examples that might help:

      If it reads: is excluded as the biological, the Combined Parentage Index (CPI) is 0 and has a 0% of probability, this means that he cannot be the father because the analysis shows that there is no match for a paternal relationship.

      On the other hand, if it read: is not excluded as the biological father, the Combined Parentage Index (CPI) would be 100 or higher and is greater than 99%, this means that he is considered to be the father because they would be a match for a paternal relationship.

      I would be happy to look more into your case for you, but first I will need to verify the results password for your account. Please feel free to give our friendly client support a call at 1-888-404-GENE, Monday-Friday 9AM-8PM ET and we will be more than happy to assist you with explaining your results!

      Thank you for your comment!

  36. what would the percentage be for a grandmother grandson DNA test to exclude the a person as a grandparent or verify they are the grandparent with only testing of alleged grandchild and alleged grandmother testing only?

  37. My husband got a paternity test back that said he was 99.99% considered the father .. welliI been reading about the numbers and stuff online and it states if the numbers are lower they are more common…well most of the numbers that match up with the child are lower… so my question is even tho it says he is 99.9% considered the father can it still be a different man?… and how would we know ? I mean could it be figured out if the other man is tested??

    • Hi Sue,

      99.99% probability of paternity is a conclusive (Yes) result and is the highest probability a paternity test can give. It is extremely likely that he is the father. In order for the probability of paternity to be 100%, all living male DNA would need to be tested against the child, to rule them out as the father. Because we can’t test every living male’s DNA against the child, the closest probability of paternity current technology can get is 99.99%. If you are wondering if there is another man who could be the father, you could have him tested, however, it is almost impossible that his results will yield a yes result. Hopefully this helps you understand why technology doesn’t permit 100% probability of paternity. Here is some additional information that may help: http://www.dnatesting.com/what-do-my-results-mean

      If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-888-404-4363, we would be happy to help!

      • Ok thank you… but you say it is likely he is the father and almost impossible the other guy would be… but there is a slight chance it could happen right? Why I ask is because the child looks just like the other man .. so I should have the other man tested … I mean how do u really know if you don’t have both of them tested right?

        • Hi Sue,

          Paternity tests offer an extremely high “power of exclusion”, which means that a 99.99% probability of paternity offers virtually no chance that someone else could be the father. In fact, this probability is so strong, courts routinely use it to enforce child support payments or allow immigration (or convict a suspect in criminal cases).

          The only exception to this rule is when two possible fathers are closely related (if they are brothers or first cousins, for example). If the other possible father is closely related to the one you tested, we’d recommend testing both fathers, since they are much more likely to share DNA than unrelated possible fathers and we can perform testing with both possible fathers that will definitely exclude one of them (see What if two alleged fathers are related?).

          If you’d like to discuss the details of your situation, or get an additional test for the other possible father, please call us at 1-888-404-4363 (Mon-Fri, 9a-8p ET) and we’d be happy to chat.

  38. I received results that excluded me as the father but showed a 45% match. What does this mean. The test was done through identigene. Thank you

    • Hi Will,

      If your results said that you were “excluded” this means we don’t consider you to be the father. See this link for further clarification:http://www.dnatesting.com/what-do-my-results-mean

      Although you may have a 45% probability of paternity this is because the human genome in general shares various common alleles, and does not signify a paternity relationship. In order to receive a conclusive “yes” result, your probability would need to be 99% or higher.

      If you have any other questions, please call us at 1-888-404-4363. Thank you for choosing Identigene!

  39. Can the Baby & Mother of the alleged Father be a match

  40. I received my DNA results back from this company showing I’m the father of my son. I volunteer with an ancestry DNA testing firm as a project administrator for my own surname project and for a large human haplogroup project. I would like to know whether the results from Identigene can be used in Y DNA comparisons.
    Cheers

    • Hi Pedro,

      Our paternity results are only based upon autosomal short tandem repeats. We have a separate test that you can do if you would like your Y haplogroup tested. Please contact us at 1-888-404-4363. Thank you!

  41. I had a DNA done by somewhere else and the result came back 00.00 possibility .5 pacent the father what does that mean please help me

    • Hi Dawn,

      We apologize, but we are unable to help you understand your results if you were tested with another company as we don’t know how they test and what their results mean. We recommend that you contact the lab that conducted testing for you and ask them about what your specific results mean. Best of luck to you!

  42. Is identigene a 15 maker test? Just curious, thanks!

    • Hi Kelsey,

      In response to your questions, IDENTIGENE currently tests at 15 markers or loci. Please let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks!

  43. My boyfriend came back as excluded. But they share the same markers

    • Hi Karen,

      If your results came back that the alleged father is excluded, but they share ALL of the same markers, it is likely that the results have been tampered with. If ALL markers match between the father and child, the result would come back as “Not Excluded”, meaning we consider him to be the father. We recommend that you contact IDENTIGENE to speak with them directly so you know you have the real results–our phone number is 1-888-404-GENE. If you were not included on the test, but are the legal guardian of the child you will still be able to access the results by filling out a Report Release Form and sending in your child’s government issued birth certificate and your photo ID.

  44. Curious I got my test back from alledged father it said you are not excluded and the percentage was 633,000

    • Hi Shricka,

      A test result that states that the father is “NOT Excluded” means that we DO consider him to be the biological father. If you have any other questions regarding your test, we advise you to contact one of our friendly client support staff members at 1-888-404-4363. They will be able to help you understand your results more fully.

  45. Hi, I took a DNA test for paternity back in 1999 with a result of 99.79%. I never understood fully what that meant and the court never out right told me. They asked me for the results and I assumed that it meant tha I was the father. Years have passed and I’m wondering if the child was actually mine. The few pictures that I’ve seen of the now teenager bares no resemblance of me or the mother. This makes me think that maybe there was a misunderstanding or error. The mother lives on the opposite coast and does not allow me to see any pictures. I doubt that she would allow another DNA test unless court ordered. My question to you, is do you think a reading of 99.79% is a reasonable justification to petition the court for another DNA test? Thanks

    • Hi William,

      We recommend that you contact the lab who tested your samples to discuss what your results meant. If you tested with IDENTIGENE, our client support number is 1-888-404-4363. Unfortunately, we are not required to keep results as far back as 1999, so they have been destroyed, and our client support staff may not be able to assist you in helping you understand what your results mean. However, you are welcome to contact our client support staff to see if they are able to help you further with this matter. Thank you!

  46. my test came back and said not excluded at 99.99 what does this mean

  47. What if say not excluded 99.9999997%

  48. i received my dna test it says “not excluded “as the biological father statment says
    probability of paternity 99.9999999%.can you please explain me he is my one and only husband and we are from srilanka and muslims.please i am really upset feel like it should not be wrong. help me in this

    • Not Excluded means that the person swabbed is the biological father and the probability of paternity is 99.9999%. If he wasn’t the father, it would have said “excluded” and the probability would have been less than 99%.

      Hope this answers your question. If you have more questions, please contact our client support at 1-888-404-4363.

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  50. I recieved my child’s paternity test today and results reads: the alleged father is not excluded as the biological father of the tested child probability of parternity: 99.99999%.
    Does this mean the individual tested is my child’s father? please……………… answer me.
    Thanks!!

    • Yes. The individual is considered the biological father. Thank you for choosing IDENTIGENE for your DNA testing needs.

  51. Have u received. My samples

  52. mine say 99.99% thy culdnt do it cuz thy share the same marker so thy did it another way jus because it says that could i still get an dna with another person to be sure

    • Hi Tasha,
      Can you please clarify your question? The way I understand it is that you received a results statement that said 99.99% the alleged father you tested is not excluded as the father. This means that we would consider the person you tested to be the child’s biological father. The part I am unclear on is when you say “They share the same marker, so they did it another way”. The Identigene test only accepts cheek swabs so that would be the only way we would test. You are always welcome to test more alleged fathers but if the results come back as strong as 99.99% as you mentioned above, the percentage is strong enough for us to determine the father you already tested would be considered the biological father.

  53. mine says not excluded but its only 98.527 hows that possible.

    • Hi Steven,

      I would recommend you contact our client support team to review your case. We usually do not release not excluded results unless its 99% or higher. We would be happy to review your case with you. You may contact our client support team Mon-Fri 9am-8pm EST at (888) 404-4363.

  54. My test with identigene was 50% probability an was inconclusive due to two mis match marker. How rare is this to happen an what is a mutational event.

    • Hi Ashley,

      That would depend on the mismatch locations. I recommend if you want to discuss your results please contact our client support team at (888) 404-4363 Mon-Fri 9am-8pm EST. and we would be happy to review them with you.