Our twin tests are most often performed after the babies are born – sometimes it can be months, and on occasion, years. Oftentimes doctors can let you know if the two are identical or fraternal twins based on the placenta – but sometimes this information is lost. Many parents want to know for certain if the twins are identical or fraternal – and a DNA test is the only way to prove that.
Why Do I Need To Test?
If you want to determine whether you have fraternal or identical twins, twin testing is the answer, and a cheek swab is all we need to collect a sample to test.
This DNA test will analyze the DNA of the two siblings and look for commonalities and differences within their genes:
- Identical twins: One fertilized egg split into two, and then implanted into the womb (These two children will always be the same gender). These twins share nearly the exact DNA.
- Fraternal twins: This means two different eggs were fertilized at the same time and then implanted into the womb. These two siblings may or may not look alike, and they can be different genders. These two are as genetically similar as they are with any other full siblings, but they share a birthday. These children do not have the same DNA.
To get a twin test, contact Test Smartly Labs.
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Why Do I Need To Know About This?
In addition to the fact most parents and twins themselves want to know their twin type in general, it can also be beneficial in some medical situations. Because identical twins share the same DNA, they are the uniquely ideal match for blood transfusions or organ donations for one another.
When you get a twin test from us we equip you with this information. But no matter the application, whether medical or sentimental, Test Smartly Labs is able to meet that need.
Be prepared for your DNA or Paternity Test!
- Bring Government Issued ID
- Bring Birth Certificate for Child. If none, bring a social security card, insurance card, or something else to help support identification.
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Provide Authorizations to Receive Results
- Most DNA will require a Buccal Swab specimen from the mouth
- Prenatal DNA will require a Blood Draw so you will want to by hydrated
- Be prepared to have a photo taken of all parties being tested.
- Do not eat anything (particularly meat, vegetables and breast milk for infants) for an hour before arriving.
- You do not have to arrive together or go to the same Test Smartly Labs Testing Center but do coordinate plans with all parties being tested.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.