The first approved DNA paternity testing kit goes on sale nationwide today from larger branches of Boots.
The kit, assuredna, is designed to help parents resolve uncertainty over paternity. The test claims to be simple, safe and proven, and can be bought, processed, and the results delivered in up to five days. Every year in the UK the father’s name is left blank on approximately 50,000 birth certificates*, and research estimates that 1 in 25 assumed ‘fathers’ in the UK are actually not the biological father. The assuredna kit costs £29.99 and includes mouth swabs for father, mother and child, and instructions on how to take DNA samples correctly. A further £129 is payable for the standard 5 day lab service. The test also requires signed consent and identification documents for all participants, and the mother must consent for the child if they are under 16 years.
The makers of the test say that it is not aimed at trapping unfaithful wives and girlfriends, but rather to provide families with ‘peace of mind so they can move on with their lives’. Dr Mandy Hartley, spokesperson for makers Anglia DNA, commented ‘Around half of all tests we conduct are related to children under 12 months, helping confirm paternity before the child has matured and is fully aware.’
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*Office of National Statistics data