Post Mortem Viability Testing.
This test involves performing an analysis on a sample from a deceased individual to determine if there is sufficient DNA to proceed with parentage testing. 
This time may vary due to the type and quality of the submitted specimen.  Further parentage testing can proceed once it is determined that the specimen yields viable DNA.
The following information is needed for clients needing viability analysis:

1.    Will there be or has there been an autopsy performed?  If so, date of autopsy.

2.    Type and quantity of available specimen.  Possible specimens include:  blood, buccal swabs, FTA cards and parchment paper, tissue, hair (roots intact - need at least 7-10 plucked hairs - more if possible).

3.    Storage method of available specimen.  (example -- frozen, refrigerated or room temperature).

4.    Type of container the specimen has been stored in.  (example -- purple top EDTA tube).

5.    Date and cause of death.

6.    Name and phone number of the "next of kin" or attorney for the estate of the deceased.

7.    Name of the person or facility in possession of the stored specimen.  Are they willing to release the specimen?  (Many Medical Examiners and hospitals require either a court order or written permission from the "next of kin" before releasing a sample).

8.    A consent form for the deceased will need to be completed.  Name, date of birth and race of the deceased patient is needed.
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