DNA Testing

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Why do paternity testing?
How do DNA tests usually work?
Purposes of various kinds of testing
Test Purpose/Samples Needed From
How Long and How Much?
How can I set up a test?
Legal Aid for Duped Dads


Why do paternity testing?

Parental and Foresnsic Testing

How do DNA tests usually work?

The test is based upon the principals of inheritance. A child gets one half of his/her genetic makeup from the mother and the other half from the biological father.

The test reveals a control batch of genetic markers from all parties. The genetic markers that the child shares with the mother are first located. Then to determine paternity, the child's remaining markers are compared to the alleged father. If the man is indeed the father, all of the markers that did not match the mother's should match his. If all of the child's remaining markers match the alleged father, evidence is provided that he is the biological father of the child. If they do not match, he is excluded as the biological father of the child.

When the mother is not tested, a larger batch of control markers are revealed from the alleged father and child. If these markers show tat the man is contributing half of the genetic makeup of the child, he is given evidence that he is the biological father of the child. If markers are found not to match between the alleged father and child, the man is excluded from being the biological father of the child.

A self Collection Kit can be sent to your home if you do not need a legal notarized result.

Purposes of various kinds of testing.

Test Purpose/Samples Needed From

How Long and How Much?

The process is relatively easy and reasonable.

How can I set up a test?

You can often set-up the process over the internet. However, to have legal clout, a lab visit is necessary.


Home Paternity Test goes Nationwide

There is an over-the-counter paternity test kit marketed on a trial basis in several West Coast states in November, It's now available nationwide. Identigene, a Salt Lake City-based genetics company says that its DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is now available in 4,363 Rite Rid stores in 30 states across the country. The kit retails for $29.99 and requires a $119 laboratory fee to obtain results. The kit includes cotton swabs that are used to rub inside the child's and possible father's cheek. The samples, along with consent forms, are mailed to Identigene's labs for processing, and results are returned in three to five business days.
Source: USA Today

Researchers Recommend Ways To Improve Analyses Of DNA Microarray Data

DNA microarrays are increasingly being used for analyzing gene expression in human cancers. However, converting the thousands of data points from these microarrays into clear interpretable information has been challenging.
Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/359682.html

Britain Plans to Outlaw Paternity Tests Without Mother's or a Court's Consent

Just another example of people trying to hid the true identity of the birth father. Does this really protect children or does it protect others who tell lies about ho the father really is. Who really benefits here?
Source: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$3UKQVPAAACSV3QFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2002/05/19/ndna19.xml&sSheet=/news/2002/05/19/ixhome.html

Without DNA testing, women can lie to children about who their father is and be rewarded with eighteen or more years of child support. In Kirk Kerkorian's case, that's worth more than $300,000 a month!

Several US states have already passed laws that encourage honesty about paternity, which is a better public policy.
Source stop.paternityfraud.com

Gene Activity Separates Us from Primates

Study explains why we're so alike yet so different.
Source: www.healthscout.com/template.asp?page=newsdetail&ap=408&id=506704

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