KEMRI DNA SERVICES
KEMRI Human DNA Identification Laboratory also known as HID laboratory is a leading laboratory in the provision of DNA testing services in the region.
To be the leading DNA testing laboratory in the region in matters research and provision of quality services to its clients.
- validation of novel DNA Collection kits in partnership with Leicester University and kenyatta university to increase recovery of DNA after sexual assault.
- Allele frequencies development for the Kenyan Population.
- Development of quality mitogenome haplotypes from the Kenyan Population.
About HID Laboratory
KEMRI Human DNA Identification Laboratory also known as HID laboratory is a leading laboratory in the provision of DNA testing services in the region. We offer DNA Testing services in the area of paternity testing and family relationship testing. Our facility meets international standards hence ensuring quality service. The laboratory serves private clients as well as those referred from courts. We aim at making the services accessible and affordable to all.
KEMRI being primarily a research institute, the laboratory is keen on initiating and collaborating in the area of DNA forensics. We also offer training on DNA testing as way of contributing towards capacity building both locally and regionally.
DNA tests can be for legal or personal knowledge. The type of test chosen depends on what you intend to use the DNA test for.
KEMRI HID Lab offers training on Forensic Serology and DNA analysis. The training covers both theoretical and practical aspects of forensic serology and DNA analysis.
KEMRI being primarily a research institution, we are actively involved in research. We are open to collaborations regionally and internationally.
We offer consultancy services to Government laboratories, Universities, and private laboratories that seek to establish Forensic Biology laboratories or expand their capabilities.
Why Choose Us
Highly confidential, reliable, affordable and professional DNA testing services.
Short Wait Times
We offer the quickest turnaround time, 5-10 working days.
Benefit from a pool of highly trained scientists and technicians.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET A PATERNITY TEST?
Call us on +254 112 693 020 and we shall evaluate your situation and recommend the best DNA testing service.
Visit us at our laboratory KEMRI HQ Mbagathi, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. You do not need to book an appointment to come to our laboratory.
What samples do you use for DNA testing?
We regularly use saliva samples but we can also conduct the DNA test using a range of tissues which includes; blood, nails, bones, teeth hair etc.
Where are you located
We are located at KEMRI HQ Mbagathi, the laboratory facility is housed at the production department.
CAN A PATERNITY TEST BE PERFORMED WITHOUT THE MOTHER?
Yes. If the mother’s participation is not possible, a motherless paternity test and no additional charge will be performed. A motherless test requires more extensive analysis to produce conclusive results, but the results are just as accurate as those of a standard paternity test. We however encourage mothers to participate in paternity testing for several reasons:
- Some courts require the mother to participate in a paternity test.
- The mother’s participation aids in the analysis of unexpected results. Her participation is especially helpful in the rare cases when a mutation (a random change in the DNA) has affected the results.
CAN A PATERNITY TEST BE PERFORMED IF THE ALLEGED FATHER IS MISSING OR DECEASED?
Several testing options are available in situations where the alleged father is missing or deceased:
- The first option that should be considered is viability testing on a sample taken from the deceased, such as stored blood or a tissue sample. (This type of sample usually comes from a pathologist or medical examiner’s office.) If usable DNA is found in the sample, we can conduct a paternity test using the alleged father’s sample.
- If no biological samples from the alleged father are available, grand parentage testing is the next option to consider. Both biological parents of the alleged father (the paternal grandparents) are required to participate in a grandparentage test. Results of this test prove only the relationship of the child to the grandparents.
- If one or both paternal grandparents are unavailable for testing, other family relationship tests siblingship tests may be performed to indirectly determine a child’s paternity.