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Home Paternity Tests?

You and your boyfriend are in the nursery, coo-ing over your five month old son. He's adorable, but when your guy says, "He doesn't look anything like me," something clicks. You realize that he totally has your ex boyfriend's nose. Could it be that your boyfriend really isn't the father after all? Who wants to deal with going to the doctor to find out now? Well you won't have to because home paternity tests are making their way onto drugstore shelves.

The Identigene kit (costing $22.99), uses DNA to determine paternity. It includes swabs so you can collect cell samples from inside the cheeks of your child and the alleged father. Collection of your cells isn't necessary, but it's recommended for best results. You wrap the swabs up and send them off to the Sorenson laboratory in Salt Lake City. You wait three to five of the longest days of your life, and then the results are reported online, by phone, or by mail. There is a $119 lab processing fee, so the entire cost of the test is about $150.

What do you think about being able to do paternity tests at home? Does it have the potential to cause some major family issues? Or is this a brilliant idea that cold help answer important questions and bring families closer together?


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RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I didn't think this thing would spread this fast. My friend showed me the site not so long ago and now this is in the news. I reckon if you ran you're personal life with a revolving door, don't whine about being caught at the checkout line with this.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I think it's great...I found out only recently that I may not be the daughter of the so-called father that I am estranged from, and I'd love to be able to find out through a simple private 'at home' test rather than go on some ridiculous talk show (whoever suggested that, shame on you!) or go to a clinic. Now it's just trying to figure out how to get ahold of his DNA...or at least go and get it from his twin brother lol.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i think it's great. i've always had this little thought in the back of my mind that i'm adopted. my parents had lots of trouble having a baby, i'm an only child and there are no pix of my mom being pregnant. little comments my parents made over the years add up to me thinking i might give this test a try.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Liss, I thought the same thing!!
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I think it's sad but at the same time it's not totally uncommon for some woman to have sex with two different men in a two week span. AND, it doesn't necessarily mean they're promiscuous, but Murphy’s Law is going to put that month as THE month babies happen! That being said, I'd always wonder how accurate it was.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
linb took the words out of my mouth.
sunshowers83 sunshowers83 9 years
Oh jeez... how embarrassing would it be to have to go through the checkout with one of these in your basket???
petite42 petite42 9 years
While it may not be accurate, there are so many guys out there that end up wrongly paying child support for the rest of their lives for a child that is not theirs, I think having such a test is a good thing.
linb linb 9 years
I'm not surprised that the technology is available. But I think it is sad that there is actually a need for a product like this to determine paternity.
missceego0711 missceego0711 9 years
I think this test is nonsense. Why pay $150 for all this when you can just go on Maury. Imagine if you have 10 baby daddies you have to test, that's over a $1500- using this test. When on Maury you can bring in all the men you want tested for cheaper then that.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
How accurate is the test? Hmmmm, I think it may be very accurate, as it tests cell samples. There's a chance for the test to be inconclusive if there are not enough cells in the sample, like if the person didn't swab enough, or had recently rinsed mouth, etc. Just speculating.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
what if it is wrong?!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I don't think this would be too accurate...and people could do the test wrong.
taratootie taratootie 9 years
I think its great! The only think is that there is a chance for misinterpretation because of the variables since it wasnt done in a sterile lab setting. This is good, but should def be used as a preliminary, with a professional follow up to any... "sketchy" results.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
This will put Maury out of business!
happiness80 happiness80 9 years
what a topic question!!!
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