Why Are Our Paternity Tests So Cheap?
A Few Simple Answers
Your DNA paternity tests are much less expensive than most other labs. Why?
Actually, our prices are very competitive. Several years ago people expected to pay $2000 or more for home paternity testing. Since customers were willing to pay, prices remained high. More recently, many more people have realized that DNA testing technology can help them answer questions about family relationships. As in any business, higher volume means prices can be reduced.
Still, are you "cutting any corners" to offer paternity testing services at these prices?
Absolutely not. All DNA testing is carried out at our own laboratory which is one of only around 40 accredited DNA labs in the world. To comply with accreditation guidelines, all DNA analysis is performed in exactly the same way, whether it is for peace of mind informational use or for legal purposes. We test 16 genetic markers: the highest standard set of genetic markers in the DNA paternity testing industry and our paternity tests exceed the guidelines for human genetic identity testing.. Visit our page on the technology behind our tests for more information.
But, analyzing DNA is very "high-tech." Isn't it very expensive?
We use state-of-the-art, highly automated robotic equipment that yields extremely accurate and reproducible results. Consequently, we are afforded the ability to perform more DNA tests at a lower overhead cost per test. Also, we have worked hard to automate all data transfers between equipment and computers. This does two important things: it greatly reduces the potential for human error and requires less labor, which is expensive.
You say you do all paternity tests at your laboratory. Is this good?
Many companies that offer DNA tests are not DNA laboratories at all. They send your test to another paternity laboratory for the actual testing. That laboratory may be accredited, or not, but you can be sure it is the "lowest bidder." When you call to ask about your DNA test, the company may not know anything about it except that it was sent out for testing. At GTL Australia, we perform our own DNA tests, so if you call we can answer any question you have about the status of your test. Finally, since we do all tests at our DNA testing laboratory, we don't have the delays caused by sending tests out and receiving results back. We guarantee paternity test results in 5 days, but more often than not they are ready in 3 or 4 days.
Learn more about the science behind DNA testing for paternity.