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Parentage verification is based on the comparison of genetic information from Offspring, Dam and Sire.

15 working days





Blood EDTA, Blood Heparin

General information

Parentage verification is based on the comparison of genetic information from Offspring, Dam and Sire. The basis of parentage verification can be used in many species, including mammals, birds, fish and humans. Sample material such as hair roots, swabs, semen and several other materials can be used for parentage verification. Of each sample, a DNA-profile is established using DNA-markers. The DNA-profile from each sample is stored in a database, and can be presented as barcode. A barcode is unique for an individual.

The process of parentage verification involves a comparison of the genetic information present in an offspring with the DNA present in the possible parents. For a correct parentage, all genetic information in an Offspring must be present in the combination of Dam and Sire. In most parentage verifications, the reliability of the analysis is at least 99,5 percent. In addition to parentage verification, a DNA-profile can be used to verify the identity of an individual. The reliability of such analysis is extremely large, because all genetic information in two samples must be identical.

If the DNA profile of the parent(s) is performed in a laboratory other than VHL / CTG / VHP, it can occur the profile of the offspring can’t be compared with the profiles of the parents. The reason can be the testing of other hereditary characteristics at the other laboratory.

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Additional information

This test is in accordance with the specifications of the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). The test results performed by Certagen are approved by ASCA. The markers tested are not identical to those recommended by the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG). Please order this test if you want to verify the parentage of the offspring.

Please note:

The STR marker set previously used by ASCA has been replaced by a different technology (SNP markers). The ASCA has already implemented the change. Both sets of markers cannot be compared with one another. We will also change the analysis over the course of the year in consultation with the ASCA. In order to ensure a smooth transition, please provide EDTA or Heparin blood for analysis. All samples that have been or will be genotyped with STR in between May 2021 and implementation of the SNP markers at Certagen, will also be typed with the new technology free of charge.

The generated STR genotypes will be accepted by ASCA until we have implemented the new set of SNP markers.

If you have any questions about the changes and the implications for parentage verification, please contact ASCA. Please note that this order includes the determination of the DNA-profile of the offspring and the comparison of this profile to the respective parent’s profiles in our database. In case that the DNA-profiles of the respective parents (sire, dam or both) are not yet stored in our database, you need to order the determination of the respective parent’s DNA-profiles additionally (H255).


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1. Select your product(s)

Select your single test, a CombiBreed Package or create your own Bundle.

2. Collect DNA sample

Collect DNA material as indicated with our products and send it to our laboratory.

3. Results

We handle your DNA sample with care and provide you with the results.

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