Fathers to Get 30 DNA Paternity Test Over Counter
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – July 17, 2009 – netmums.com’s Janec comments on the launch of over-the-counter DNA paternity test kits and invites parents to comment.
Britain’s first over-the-counter paternity kit will be on sale in the high street within weeks, it emerged today. The DNA kit – which sells for £30 – allows a concerned father to discover whether he is the biological parent of a child without the mother’s knowledge or approval.
The results are posted, emailed or phoned back anonymously to the man in just one week. The British company launching the kits at high street chemist shops say they are legal, safe and at least 99.9 per cent reliable. But medical ethical experts warned that the DIY paternity tests would foster a ‘culture of suspicion’ and could lead to heartbreak for rejected children.
DNA testing as been a growth industry in the UK in recent years, fuelled in part by the popularity of daytime talk shows such as Jeremy Kyle where bitter paternity disputes are played out in front of the cameras.
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About International Biosciences
International Biosciences offer a wide range of DNA testing services, including paternity, siblingship and other relationship tests as well as DNA tests for immigration purposes, child custody cases and even DNA ancestry research. IBDNA benefit from an award–winning Molecular Biologist as one of their directors allowing them to remain at the forefront of international genetic research.
IBDNA also provide a comprehensive website, www.ibdna.co.nz, detailing every aspect of the DNA testing process, showing everything from the differences between home DNA testing and legal DNA tests, to consent issues and understanding the final results report.