Post-mortem Paternity and Kinship Tests using corpse remains
Sample types:Bone remains: Teeth (molars) or long and compact bones (femur).
Relative Samples: Swabs with saliva or buccal epithelium cells, cigarette butts, hairs with root, nails, etc.
If you have already the remains, please, send samples as follows:
- Teeth: It is highly recommended to select at least 4 non-damaged teeth, molars whenever possible. Tooth must be completely extracted, including its root. The Jaw must be sent whenever the extraction is not posible.
- Bones: Long and compact bones (preferably a femur) will be sent. They must be as clean as possible.
If you have both types of samples, it is better to send teeth, since DNA is better preserved on them.
When it is not possible to obtain samples from the deceased person, paternity or kinship tests could be done using indirect samples (such as, toothbrushes, hairs with root, clothes, cigarette butts, envelopes, stamps, biopsies, blood or sperm donations, etc.) In this case, click here to obtain more information.