In a Nutshell
- Rigorous scientific standards
- Offices worldwide
- Live chat and 24/7 customer support
- Pricier than average
- Options can be overwhelming
Identifying a biological father
EasyDNA understands the sensitive and often complex nature of paternity tests. To that end, the company offers varying tests to accommodate different needs, from at-home tests for personal use to immigration, court-admissible, and prenatal paternity tests that require a more clinical touch.
What’s on Offer
EasyDNA offers a slew of DNA tests that answer questions regarding family, health, genealogy, and lineage. Here’s a look at some of its signature test kits and what they can tell you:
These tests will help you identify a biological father. A paternity test requires 2 samples: one from the child, and one from the alleged father. Collecting the sample requires simple cheek swabs, which are sent back to the lab and analyzed by DNA specialists.
EasyDNA tests your DNA for 21 genetic markers, which is higher than industry standard and increases the accuracy of the results. The home paternity test cannot be used for legal purposes and is strictly for personal knowledge. EasyDNA offers a legal paternity test as well, which can be used in a court of law to settle matters such as custody or alimony payments. The legal test must be collected by a neutral third-party, such as a doctor or nurse, and requires more extensive identification.
Similar to paternity tests, relationship tests can help you identify biological siblings, aunts and uncles, and family members belonging to your matrilineal or patrilineal line. Unlike paternity tests, however, relationship tests rely on statistical likelihoods that cannot guarantee the same level of accuracy. Nonetheless, many people turn to these tests, especially in situations when they’d like to make a familial connection but their biological parents are deceased or unavailable to submit their DNA.
Easy DNA’s relationship tests include siblingship and twins testing, aunt and uncle tests, and Y-chromosome and mitochondrial tests to determine common paternal or maternal relatives.
Easy DNA offers 4 different ancestry tests that offer different ways of exploring your origins, ancestors, and heritage. Its 2 patented tests, the GPS Origins and Ancestral Origins tests, use advanced genetic research to narrow down when and where your ancestors started out, to precise times, populations, and geographical regions. The other 2 tests are maternal and paternal lineage tests, which help you trace the origins of either your mother’s or father’s side.
Ease of Use
Taking one of EasyDNA’s DNA tests is a simple process that can be completed in about an hour. Once you receive your kit, follow these directions:
Step 1: Remove sterile oral swabs from the test kit
Step 2: Fill out information and consent forms
Step 3: Rub the 4 included swabs on the inside of your cheeks for 1 minute each
Step 4: Place the swabs in an upright clean glass and let them dry for about an hour
Step 5: Place the swabs in the swab envelopes and place them in the pre-addressed mailer envelope along with the forms. Send them back to the lab, preferably through a trackable mail service.
Speed of Kit Delivery and Results
After purchasing a kit, it will be delivered to your door with everything you need included in a discrete, non-labeled package. After you’ve sent in your samples, you’ll receive results in roughly 3-5 working days. Since EasyDNA has 25 locations worldwide, you can expect an expedient process from the lab closest to you. Paternity tests can be expedited via the express DNA option, which can yield results in as little as 2-3 working days.
DNA Test Type
Autosomal (family DNA)
Ethnic makeup estimate, regional details (i.e., specific areas of Ireland or the UK, regions in Germany)
EasyDNA offers many outlets for customers seeking support. The website has a live chat feature where you can chat instantly with a DNA consultant who can field questions on technical issues as well as results interpretations and simple product inquiries. You can also schedule a callback, a unique service that allows you to schedule a talk with support staff at a time that’s best for you. EasyDNA also has a 1-800 number, electronic contact form, and contact information for its 25 offices around the globe, which you can visit for an in-person meeting via an appointment.
This is just a sample of some of EasyDNA’s signature test kits. Each test includes numerous personalization options, from adding family members to a sample, to express results, that can alter the prices. In addition to the above kits EasyDNA also offers health, prenatal, infidelity, and pet DNA testing.
EasyDNA takes measures to ensure that all of its customers’ results are kept completely confidential. This is upheld in everything from discreet shipping practices to confidential results. EasyDNA does not disclose data to unauthorized personnel, including third-party marketers, though it may collect personal information such as your IP protocol, browsing actions, and browser type to estimate usage patterns and diagnose server issues.
EasyDNA matches the scope of its numerous DNA products with a strong commitment to scientific rigor and personal confidentiality. The tests cover myriad facets of life, from paternity testing to ancestral, familial, health, and even pet DNA, but underlying them all is a science-based approach and compassion for the sensitive and personal nature of DNA testing.
To that end, its DNA tests are done in fully accredited laboratories by DNA scientists to maximize accuracy. Test kits are mailed in discreet packaging and the company has an admirable customer support system that includes live chats with DNA experts, a toll-free number with callback scheduling, and in-person consultations at one of EasyDNA’s 25 worldwide offices.
About Easy DNA
EasyDNA has been in operation for more than a decade and has performed more than 300,000 DNA tests. They offer 25 locations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas and supplement their myriad DNA testing options with numerous customer service outlets. All of its labs are internationally accredited and staffed by qualified DNA scientists.