review on June 29, 2017
by Craig Macpherson
At a Glance
The Dynamic DNA Laboratories paternity test included all the details I would expect and more, whilst remaining easy to understand. The whole experience was quick, professional and easy to do, so I would definitely use Dynamic DNA again if I needed to test whether I was the biological father of a child.
The Dynamic DNA Laboratories website was simple to navigate and I found the Paternity Testing page with ease. I found it slightly confusing that this page also included information about Sibling Testing, Unknown Sample Identification and Infidelity Testing, as this seemed like quite a random selection to put together. Dynamic DNA promised “100% accurate results, rapid reporting, strict confidentiality, and easy-to-understand results”. The page also stated that the results should be ready within 2 days of the lab receiving my sample, and provided contact information (email and phone number) that I could use if I had any questions.
It was simple to add my test to the cart and checkout process was also easy. I received an email confirming my purchase once everything had gone through and another soon afterwards to inform me that the kit had been shipped.
Taking the samples was very simple and, a few days after sending my them back, I received an email that confirmed they had reached the lab safely.
Two days after this email, I received another informing me that my results were ready and was then able to download them as a PDF through the Dynamic DNA portal. I was surprised to find that, unlike many other paternity tests I’d seen, the report was several pages long. I had to scroll down to the second page to find the actual result (shown below).
This was nice and clear in the middle of the second page of the report and I was impressed to see that the level of certainty had been included.
The report also included comprehensive explanations about the testing process, including exactly how many and which markers had been included, details about the testing equipment used and a description of the analysis procedure that I didn’t feel required a science degree to understand. I also learnt that the markers used in the test were the same as those used by the FBI and crime labs for identification purposes.
The statistics behind the test were also discussed, and although I didn’t understand all of them, it was reassuring to read that the accuracy of the analysis equipment meant that there was only 1 in quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) chance of it identifying the wrong person.
A table that showed which markers the samples matched at was also included (shown below).
This table was really easy to interpret, especially with the yellow indicating at which markers we had matched. I wasn’t sure why some of the cells had no numbers in, and this wasn’t explained.
The report ended with two ‘Composite electropherogram plots’, one for each participant’s sample. I wasn’t sure what these meant or were for, but thought that the fact they were included fitted well with the transparency and depth with which Dynamic DNA had explained the analysis in the rest of the report.
The Dynamic DNA Laboratories paternity test included all the details I would expect and more, whilst remaining easy to understand. The whole experience was quick, professional, and easy to do, so I would definitely use Dynamic DNA again if I were to need to test whether I was the biological father of a child.