May your partner be cheating? Has she or he been acting strangely? Do you have anything which you believe might prove an affair? The accessibility of DNA tests now means that one of its most common uses has become the DNA paternity test. As modern couples suffer relationship stress, the age-old suspicions of infidelity and paternity can now be answered through the use of a simple test.

Recent adaptations in DNA testing mean that a partner can determine whether foreign male or female genetic material is present on a particular item. If a DNA sample is provided by the alleged “cheater”, then a DNA test can be used to determine whether this sample is a biological sample as well as confirm the sex of the donor of the sample.

Samples provided for testing vary from case to case, but the most common items seem to be underwear, bed sheets, tissues and condoms. However, testing can be applied to any material which is suspected to have biological material on it. The success rate of extracting DNA depends on the quality of the sample, and the more biological material present and the less contaminated it is, the easier it is to obtain a DNA profile.  Having said that, nowadays DNA testing laboratories have improved their ability to obtain a DNA profile from limited samples and therefore they should often be able to obtain a full or partial profile from a wide range of samples and in various conditions.

Confirm or Dispel Suspicions

If you have suspicions about a partner being unfaithful, a DNA test may be a good way to prove or dispel your fears. By submitting relevant samples of items considered suspicious, one can determine the identity of the likely donor of the sample.

First, a procedure can identify if the DNA present is male or female. This will narrow down the possibilities of the donor. Second step is to produce a sample from the alleged cheater and compare it to the unidentified sample for comparison. This will either be a match or exclude that person.

It is important to remember that in doing this type of DNA testing, you are not getting conclusive facts. By a process of elimination, you can come to certain conclusions, but there may always be a grey area, especially without the identity of unknown DNA samples. There is no guarantee that the evidence collected points to infidelity, merely that foreign genetic material is present. The safest rule is to remember that DNA results are a clue to behaviour and not evidence as such. They can be used to confront certain situations, which in turn should address any doubts one may have.

About easyDNA

easyDNA specialize in the provision of reliable, accurate and confidential DNA Paternity Testing , DNA Relationship Testing and DNA Forensic Testing to both the private and public sector. Our testing is provided by an accredited partner laboratory for your assurance and peace of mind. Our customer service staff and scientists are highly trained and specialized in all areas of DNA testing and we understand the need for DNA testing can be an emotional time for our clients. To contact us with further questions please email [email protected]

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