Standard DNA samples include cheek cells (buccal swabs) and blood.

How to collect Samples for DNA testing

Blood is collected as dried blood spots using our FTA collecting card. 4ml of venous blood can also be collected in EDTA tubes. If it is not possible to get samples of cheek cells, the following non-standard samples can be submitted: Underwear, Chewing Gum, Cigarette Butt, Earwax, Electric Razor, Amniotic Fluid Cups / Bottles, Hair (With Root), Condom (Used), Dental Floss, Feminine Hygiene Razors, Fingernails, Bandaid (Used), Tissue, Pacifier, Toothbrush, Envelope / Stamp, Hat (Well Worn), Toothpick Note however that the non-standard samples may fail due to a variety of reasons and that we levy extra processing costs on these non-standard samples.



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Collection Instructions

Buccal Swabs

Cells collected from the inner lining of the mouth using 3 swab sticks


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Dry Blood or Stain

Used Band aids, Tampons, Sanitary napkin, bloody tissues, Gauze.


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Prenatal Fluids/Cultures

Amniotic Fluid or CVS cells. They must be presented on a FTA Card.


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Nail Clippings

At least 5 trimmed nails. Nails must not be dirty or have nail polish.


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Nasal Discharge

Kleenex or handkerchief. Used tissues full of mucus usually works well if the person does not have an infection (cold, flu, fever).


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Ear Wax

We require at least 2 Q-tips (earbuds).


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At least 7-8 strands of hair with visible root or Follicles. Hair that has been cut or collected from a hair brush or comb will not work.


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Dental Floss

Important: When collecting the sample avoid touching the floss with your fingers.


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Chewing Gum

Sugar free and a fresh sample is always recommended. When collecting the samples avoid touching the gum with your fingers.


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Liquid Semen: collected in a sterilized cotton swab. Sample should be air dried for at least 1 hour.


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Razors may contain skin cells or follicles. Electric Razor are not acceptable.


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A recently used tooth brush is always best. Air-dry the toothbrush for 30 minutes.


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Teething Ring / Pacifier

Fresh sample is always recommended. When collecting the samples avoid touching the samples with your fingers.


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STEP 1: Order for the test kit

STEP 2: Collect Samples according to the Instructions Leaflet.

STEP 3: Calculate your lab processing fee using the attached Pricing & Sample Information Leaflet. Make the payment and include the MPESA reference on the REF section located at the back of the mailing envelope or a copy of the payment slip inside the mailing envelope.

STEP 4: Using a reliable courier or bus service, send the correctly packed samples to us.

STEP 5: Wait for your results.

Typically, you will receive your results within 5 working days.

Results will be sent to your email and an official hard copy sent to you via courier.

Alternatively, you can visit our office to collect the results and chat with our analysts about the results.

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How much does a DNA Test Cost in Kenya?

The 24-marker DNA test costs 10,000 Kshs. per person (total:20,000 kshs for alleged father+1 child). The 44-marker DNA test costs 17,500 Kshs. per person (total:35,000 kshs for 1 alleged father+1 child). Both tests determine if a man is the biological father of an individual.


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Participants and Samples

Samples from the Child and the Alleged Father are needed for the DNA test. It is not a must to send the Mother's sample even though having it can strengthen the DNA results

Legal DNA Test

If the test is required for legal purposes, the participants must physically come to the lab for sample collection. A chain-of-custody procedure will be followed and an additional fee of 2,000 kshs levied for notarization of the report by an advocate. Proof of identity of the participants will be required (i.e. National ID Card/passport, and birth certificate for the child).

  • National ID Card or passport
  • Minor's birth certificate
  • Signed consent
  • Chain of custody forms
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DNA Test Features & Overviews

  • DNA Results

    DNA Results will be available for collection 5 working days after receiving all your samples.

  • Home DNA Kits

    Click here to order for our Home DNA kit

  • DNA Sample Collection Instructions

    Sample collection instructions

  • DNA Consent

    Adults will sign consent on behalf of minors.

  • Integrity and Ethics

    We act with honesty and adhere to the highest ethical and moral values.

  • DNA Test Reporting Forms

    Clients will declare how the reports will be received and by who.


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