We provide our forensic relationship testing services, for free, to the legal communities. If you are law enforcement or legally representing an individual we can be of assistance to you. Relationship testing has broad applications for the legal community; such as aiding in sexual assault, incest, body identification, and homicide. A test is performed by collecting cells from the submitted sample type; DNA can then be extracted from the cells of the sample.
DNA relationship testing allows direct examination of genetic materials which a child inherits from the biological parents. During the testing process, the genetic profiles of the submitted samples are evaluated for common DNA which could suggest a relationship. Relationship test results are used to determine the likelihood of the relationship in question.
Below you will find information about the relationship testing process and the services we provide. Please contact our Forensic Relationship expert to discuss your case before sending any materials.
We provide relationship testing services to law enforcement agencies. Our services are designed to meet your needs. We offer:
Our professionals within Forensic Relationship Services are committed to maintaining the highest quality standards in the laboratory. We are dedicated to a system of process improvement, which includes feedback from our clients.
Laboratory accreditation is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as an indicator of technical and managerial competence. Our Forensic Relationship services laboratory is accredited by Forensic Quality Services (FSQ) for relationship testing through DNA analysis.
Our laboratory has also been accredited by FQS as an ISO/IEC 17025 testing laboratory. ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation uses criteria and procedures for technical competence to assure customers the test, calibration and measurement data provided by the laboratory are accurate and reliable. In addition, our DNA laboratory provides databasing services to the forensic science community.
Required Documentation for case initiation:
We recommend you provide additional documentation in the form of:
Our goal is to protect privacy, both individually and genetically. We understand the sensitive nature of the results and privacy is of utmost importance to us. Test results are confidential and genetic information will never be distributed without proper consent or authorization. Our building is a secure, card-access-only facility and samples are kept in a locked storage area where only authorized laboratory personnel have access.
Please Contact our Forensic Relationship expert to discuss your case before sending any materials.
Forensic Science Center
1401 Forensic Science Drive
Huntington, WV, 25701
Marshall University Forensic Science Center received federal funds from the National Institute of Justice to provide Forensic Relationship testing services to the law enforcement and legal communities. The project is funded under support of cooperative agreement 2005-MU-BX-K020.
Forensic Relationship casework is just one of the many services we provide to the forensic science and legal communities. Forensic Relationship Services is located within the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC), which also is the home of the West Virginia CODIS Laboratory. CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System, which individual states develop as part of a searchable federal database of convicted offenders.
Please visit our Forensic DNA Analysis webpage to learn more.
Reprint of Marshall Magazine Spring 2012 Issue used by permission.