At Tomo Drug Testing we strive to provide the most reliable legal paternity testing at a reasonable price with professional, courteous service to our clients.
Tomo’s laboratories guarantee a minimum probability of paternity of 99.99%. It enables you to be confident that you received the correct answer to the question of who is the father.
If Tomo tests a child and the child’s alleged father, our test will either exclude the alleged father, showing that he is not the biological father of the child, or the test will show a probability of paternity of at least 99.99%.
*Other examples of testing situations include “family reconstruction” such as a paternity test that includes specimens from the parents or other relatives of a missing alleged father. Another variation is a “sibling study” done to determine the probability (not a definitive answer) that someone is the biological brother or sister of other tested individuals. In these types of studies it is not always possible to know what level of certainty will be attainable. Thus the same guarantee is not possible for these types of tests.
What do I receive as a result of the paternity test?
After testing is completed you will receive a one page laboratory report and a one page explanation sheet that describes some of the numbers on the report (see Sample Report below). The report will show the percentage probability of paternity for the alleged father. The probability of paternity will either be zero, if the tested man is excluded and therefore cannot be the biological father, or if the man continues to match the child the probability of paternity will be greater than 99.99%. If you have any questions after you receive your report, please call us and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the common questions about DNA Paternity Testing. If you have any questions that are not answered below, feel free to contact us.
Yes. The test can be done without the mother. Even without the mother we still guarantee at least a 99.99% probability of paternity.
Children receive half of their DNA from their mother and half from their father. By comparing the mother and child’s DNA we can tell which parts of the child’s DNA came from the mother. This lets us know that the remaining part of the child’s DNA came from the biological father—so we know what to compare to the tested man.
A Polaroid photograph is taken of everyone tested. Occasionally an “impostor” will come in for a test. Most often when this occurs the alleged father sends a friend in to have his specimen taken. When this happens the mother can look at the photograph and tell us that the man tested was not the alleged father.
No, your DNA is the same throughout your body. As a result, the source of the DNA sample does not affect the accuracy of a DNA paternity test.
DNA testing is not limited to blood samples. The source of your DNA doesn’t matter. The DNA from your cheek cells is exactly the same as the DNA from your blood. The accuracy of a paternity test is exactly the same, whether the laboratory tests blood or cheek cells from swabs. The reliability of a DNA test is not based on the type of specimen used, but on the type and amount of DNA testing performed by the laboratory.
Yes, the test can give the wrong result. Tomo Drug Testing takes many extra precautions during the collection process to ensure the integrity of the test is not compromised by careless handling of the specimens. The sample is then placed in a tamper-proof package and sent via overnight carrier directly to a lab that is certified and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, AABB.
If the child and the tested man do not match at three or more tested DNA locations, then the tested man can not be the biological father of the child.
Tomo guaranties a minimum probability of paternity of 99.99%. At a 99.99% probability of paternity, on average the identified genetic pattern will fit no more than 1 in every 10,000 men. Most of our tests are even more discriminating than that.
A test from Tomo Drug Testing will not be 70% or 80%. The results will be either a 99.99% probability of paternity or greater, or a 0% probability of paternity. If the result is 0% then the tested man can not be the biological father of the child.
The test is completely confidential. The mother of the child and all adults tested are entitled to receive the results of the test, as well as copies of the pictures of everyone who was tested. The only other people who can get results of the test are those designated by the tested adults. For example, the mother and alleged father may want results sent to their attorneys.
No one else can get any information about the test. They can not even find out whether an individual was tested, unless we have permission from a tested individual to give out that information.
Physical traits like specific hair and eye color can be either dominant or recessive. For example, your mother may have given you DNA that would result in blue eyes, but your father may have given you DNA that would result in brown eyes. Brown eyes are dominant over blue eyes, and therefore your eyes are brown. You still have the DNA for blue eyes that your mother gave you, and that is just as likely to be passed along to your child as the DNA for brown eyes that your father gave you. The same is true for hair color and other physical traits.