Paternity test with hair follicle?


Trying to have a conversation with someone you had a child with about the paternity of that child can be a challenging topic to initiate. Oftentimes people opt to perform a discreet DNA test. Today, I will answer the question. Can the hair be used to determine paternity by performing a DNA paternity test?

Yes, it can. In order to establish the paternity of a man using hair. There will be a few things you should know before you begin collecting hair samples.

1. All hair samples must have the root attached to the hair follicle. Without the root, it is not possible for any laboratory to perform a proper DNA analysis of the tested parties. This is due to the fact that hair follicles without its root are void of nuclear DNA which makes it impossible to use a rootless hair sample.

2. As I stated earlier, the hair samples must have a root for proper genetic analysis.

3. Hair samples once collected should be placed in a paper envelope or bag. We recommend not using a ziplock or plastic bag. Plastic tends to promote moisture and the moist could affect the quality of the DNA sample.

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How much hair is needed for a paternity test?

The more hair provided the better. We would recommend 25-50 plus hair follicle (bulb) samples for good measure. In order to acquire a good hair sample. Plucking the follicle from the person’s scalp would be the best way to acquire a sample.

Is DNA testing without the root on the hair follicle possible?

Unfortunately, if you are attempting to determine paternity using this method. It could not be done. As stated earlier, hair samples require the bulb at the end of the hair follicle (the little white spec) in order to use this method for determining the paternity of the alleged father.

If you use hair follicles without the white specs or follicle bulb. This DNA test will only determine whether a mother is related to her child.

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