- Non-invasive twin DNA test only $119 online
- Determine whether multiple children are identical or not
- Results in 3–5 days
- Keepsake certificate
- 100% confidential service
- Award-winning, accredited laboratory
Determine whether multiple children are identical or not for just $119 online
Four easy steps for your twin DNA test
Buy your collection kit
Collect your cheek cell DNA samples
Post back to our laboratory
Receive your results by email
Twin DNA testing is used to establish whether multiple children (such as twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) from the same birth are genetically identical or not. Identical siblings are monozygotic. In other words, they were formed from a single fertilized egg that went on to split into separate embryos. Monozygotic twins have the same DNA.
Twins that are non-identical from the same birth are known as dizygotic (triplets are trizygotic, quadruplets are quadzygotic, and polyzygotic is the umbrella term for multiple zygotes). These siblings resulted from separate fertilized eggs and share DNA in common, just like brothers and sisters from different births.
Why would you need a twin test?
It may have been unclear in utero as to whether multiple siblings were identical. This is because identical twins don’t always share the same placenta and sac: it all depends on when the egg splits. Siblings that are of different sexes are not identical. Zygosity of same-sex twins may be quite clear from their physical features at around 2 years of age. Hair and eye colour, hand and feet appearance, and other growth patterns can indicate whether or not the children are identical.
Establishing zygosity can help assess the likelihood of conceiving twins again: there is an increased risk for women who have had non-identical twins. In addition, some diseases may affect monozygotic children so you could establish whether both/all children need testing for a particular condition.
Another popular and novel use of a DNA zygosity profile is as a unique gift idea for multiple birth parents or their children, for information purposes only.
What does the twin test entail?
AlphaBiolabs uses the most up-to-date testing technology to ensure the reliability of our DNA tests. We offer accredited DNA testing utilizing up to 35 markers and retest all our exclusion results to ensure accurate results.
Your DNA zygosity test kit is mailed direct to an address of your choice.
The kit includes mouth swabs to rub gently and painlessly on the inside of each sibling’s cheek to obtain tiny amounts of DNA. There is no need to take any blood samples.
We examine up to 35 Short Tandem Repeat (STR) loci including the Amelogenin (gender) locus in repeat sections of DNA from each sibling. The DNA seen at each of these STR loci is compared between the siblings to determine zygosity. Monozygotic twins will share the same DNA profile whereas dizygotic twins will have different DNA profiles. A profile is produced for each of the samples provided.
Your twin test certificate will be emailed to you within 3–5 days after receipt of all samples in the laboratory.
What’s in our twin DNA testing kit?
Our DNA zygosity testing kit contains enough collection swabs for two siblings. Extra swabs can be added as needed.
The kit is designed to be user-friendly with easy-to-understand instructions on how to take your test samples and return them back to our laboratory.
Order a twin DNA test today and you will receive:
- DNA test request/consent form
- Detailed instructions on how to take the DNA twin test and return the samples
- An already-addressed envelope to send your DNA samples back to us
- Two DNA sample collection swab packages containing two swabs in each
- Individual test sample envelopes for two siblings
For 26 years we believed that our twin boys were non-identical, as confirmed by the gynecologist during the scan, which showed that they were in two separate sacs and that there were two placentas.
All through their lives people struggled to tell the boys apart and we decided to arrange a zygosity test with AlphaBiolabs to clarify the matter once and for all.
To our surprise, the results confirmed that the boys are identical. This has ended years of speculation within the family and has provided us with conclusive scientific proof.Gail and Chris Evans