What Tests Do We Carry Out

We Perform a Range of DNA Tests in our Newcastle Based Lab

NorthGene’s laboratory is located in the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. From this dedicated DNA Testing Facility our scientific staff perform the following kinds of tests:

Paternity Testing

Paternity testing allows you to determine whether or not a man is the biological father of the child/children in question by comparing the DNA of the mother, possible father and child / children.

Maternity Testing

Maternity testing allows you to determine whether or not a woman is the biological mother of the child/children in question by comparing the DNA of the father, possible mother and child/children.

Sibling Testing

DNA tests can be carried out to determine whether two people are full or half siblings (sisters or brothers).

  • Full siblings have the same mother and the same father.
  • Half siblings only share one biological parent.

Twin Testing

It is possible for DNA analysis to be carried out to determine whether or not twins are identical. This is called zygosity testing and can be used to confirm suitability for organ or bone marrow transplantation.

Identical twins are known as monozygotic. This means that they were formed from a single fertilised egg, which went on to separate into two embryos and that their DNA is exactly the same.

Non-identical twins are known as dizygotic. This means that they are the result of two separate fertilised eggs and that they share half of their genes in common like other brothers and sisters.

Forensic Cases

All of the above tests can be conducted using pathological samples from a deceased person. For more information please contact our Customer Support  Team.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of performing other relationship tests please contact our Customer Support Team on 0870 803 0999.