Viafet can safely perform paternity testing during or after pregnancy to determine if an alleged man is the father of a child. Testing involves collecting and examining the DNA of a small sample of bodily fluid (in the case of completing testing during pregnancy, the sample from the fetus may be obtained through CVS or Amniocentesis) and any alleged fathers.
*Please note, paternity testing is not available within the UAE.
How is paternity testing completed?
Although 99.9% of human DNA sequence is the same from person to person, enough of the DNA sequence is different that it is possible to distinguish one individual from another. Paternity testing is completed utilizing a technique known as DNA profiling. DNA profiling uses repetitive sequences that are highly variable, called variable number tandem repeats (VNTRs), in particular short tandem repeats (STRs). STRs loci are very similar between closely related humans but are so variable that unrelated individuals are extremely unlikely to have the same.
16 of the highly variable STRs are used in Viafet's paternity testing. Comparing STR profiles of the child and alleged father(s) is capable of revealing with less than .01% doubt if the samples provided are of a father and their child.
Where can I get testing?
Talk to your physician about Paternity Testing and if it right for you. If your physician does not yet offer Viafet testing, please suggest that they contact us - testing can get started immediately. If your physician is already offering Viafet testing, all coordination for your case will be completed between your medical centre and Viafet's team.
With locations in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Australia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and more locations coming soon, Viafet's services are available to a wide network of clinicians and patients. If at any time during your journey you have questions or would like to speak with a Genetic Counselor, contact Viafet and we will schedule an appointment immediately.