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DNA Paternity Testing To Establish Who Is The Father Of The Child

Feb 29, 2008
As soon as the name of DNA testing is mentioned, the first thing that jumps to mind is paternity testing. This is the greatest use to which DNA testing is used to find out who is the father of a child. In some cases, also maternity is needed to be established. Even in such a case, DNA testing can help. So how is the whole process conduced?

For DNA heritage testing, you will need to get a DNA testing kit. There are two kinds of kits available, the home DNA test kit and the legal DNA testing kit. The home kit is a very simple apparatus which you can use yourself to get the DNA samples of both the parties and then send them to the labs for testing, while the legal kit is something an authorized professional will use. The legal kit is used for legal purposes, such as determining paternity in cases of inheritance or for claiming for alimony after a divorce, etc. However, both kinds of tests are equally accurate.

The important intention is to collect DNA samples from the supposed father and the child and send them to a lab for analysis. The lab usually produces the results in a week, and also indicates how accurate their findings are. The interesting situation here is that negative tests (that is, the person is not the father of the child) can be determined much more accurately than the positive tests. But the main problem lies in getting the sample of DNA from the alleged father. The person may or may not be willing to give samples.

If the person is willing, there is no problem at all. All that has to be done is to place a swab from the kit inside the cheek. This will transfer some inner cheek cells to the swab from where the DNA can be extricated. But if the person is not willing, then the DNA heritage testing needs to be done surreptitiously. In this case, any object that might contain a biological sample of the person can be used. This can include even seemingly harmless things such as a cigarette butt, a cap with his hair in it, his underwear, his unwashed clothes, or even a glass he has drunk something from. The analysts will extricate the DNA from these objects and conduct their tests.

From the user's point of view, the DNA paternity testing is quite a simple thing to do, and involves nothing more than collecting samples.
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