Skip to comments.Drugstores Now Selling Do-It- yourself DNA Paternity Tests
Posted on 02/15/2011 8:52:10 AM PST by Nachum
Recent studies indicate that the number of fathers are unknowingly raising children that arent their own; roughly 2% of all fathers in the study are unaware that their wives gave birth to a child conceived with another man. A pretty small number to be sure, but 2% of the roughly 4 million fathers in New York city works out to 80,000 disappointed, angry and humiliated dudes walking around Americas largest city. Why is this suddenly relevant? Because NY drug store chain Duane Reade is now selling do-it-yourself paternity kits. Great. According to CBSNews New York: The do-it-yourself kits are
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Won’t this put Maury Povich out of a job? LOL!
Wives gave birth to a child conceived with another man.In California it’s called a sport.
It’s okay, most of the guys probably have one or three kids out there that they don’t know about, so it all works out.
Look for NOW to push for a ban shortly.
Shouldn't they reduce that to the percentage who are married to the women presumably bearing their children? Otherwise, there's no reasonable expectation of one man's being the babydaddy as opposed to another.
Wasn’t there a big court case a few years ago about a guy who found out he wasn’t the father and didn’t want to make child support payments? I believe he still had to pay anyways. IIRC it was a big story here at FR.
That's not unusual at all. Basically, if a man accepts paternity, he is the father in the eyes of the law, even if it is later discovered the child was sired by someone else. Doesn't make it right but it is what it is. This legal interpretation actually is founded in English common law.
This is going to be a real blow to daytime television. :) Which is actually a guilty pleasure of mine, when I’m home sick. :)
Don’t worry! Not long from now the courts will give women with children by sperm donor the right to sue men who donated sperm at a clinic.
LOL! My thoughts exactly. :)
“You ARE the father!”
Teenagers maybe but not men.
meanwhile, in related news....(excerpts from the Houston Chronicle) http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/facebook/7422653.html
By TODD ACKERMAN HOUSTON CHRONICLE Feb. 11, 2011, 5:16AM
DNA testing gives doctors a new dilemma
Baylor geneticists warn procedure can detect incest, raise ethical issues
Houston doctors are reporting that the newest generation of DNA testing, now in wide use, is revealing many previously missed incest cases that raise difficult legal and ethical questions.
In a letter in the British medical journal The Lancet today, Baylor College of Medicine geneticists advise hospitals to begin grappling with the issues that arise from the testing, which can unexpectedly show a patient was conceived through so-called "first-degree" familial relationships father-daughter, mother-son or brother-sister.
"Hospitals that work with this sort of testing need to become more familiar with dealing with these kind of situations because they're going to be seeing them more often," Dr. Arthur Beaudet, Baylor's chairman of molecular and human genetics and one of the letter's authors, ...
The letter was prompted by a Baylor laboratory's discoveries that developmental disorders in a number of pediatric patients were caused by incestuous relations not previously disclosed to doctors.
The testing is done to find the disorder's genetic basis, typically involving mutations, deletions or duplications. But large blocks of identical DNA are evidence .............
Children born to first-degree relatives have a developmental disability about half the time, said Beaudet.
Beaudet said the test is now being used by the nation's 20 to 30 largest medical centers. These centers and private labs routinely get blood samples shipped .........
Sex between first-degree relatives is illegal throughout the country, though it is a misdemeanor in .....
Though doctors are required to report suspicions of child abuse, Beaudet said, their obligations are less clear when the mother is an adult and protected ........
A committee of Baylor, Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital representatives is almost finished crafting a policy about the issues raised. Chairwoman Amy McGuire, a bioethicist, said these issues include consent, results disclosure and reporting.
Reactions to letter McGuire said she had not previously heard discussion of the issue among her counterparts, but she dismissed the idea the issues raised are new.
"Certainly, the concept of incest gets people a little on edge," said McGuire. "But we do a lot of diagnostic tests that have the potential to show possible evidence of child abuse, the most dramatic ethical issue raised by this testing's occasional discoveries of incest."
William Winslade, a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston ethicist, applauded Baylor's letter, saying it's important for institutions to set guidelines.....
Winslade said he's "inclined to think that more rather than less disclosure is appropriate."
Tests showing 25 percent of identical DNA are evidence of parentage by first-degree relatives............
Beaudet said he is not interested in judging the latter two cases, which are not taboo in some societies.
Sorry, but it’s more than 2%.
1. Get pregnant by some idiot
2. Find a well-off guy like an athlete and have sex with him
3. Claim the baby is his baby and demand support
Many guys are so excited about having a trophy that they don’t ask for a test. Now they can do it without pissing the woman off and risking a rape charge.
I’m still waiting for an enterprising reporter to get a sample of Obama’s DNA off a coffee cup or something and do likewise with his half-sister and conduct one of these DNA tests to confirm they shared a mother. Step two is to get DNA from any one of the many children fathered by Barack Sr. and then use DNA testing to confirm that child and Obama shared the same father. This would go a long way towards resolving some of the Obama birth theories.
If NE can spend many months and who knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing John Edwards around, there’s no reason it couldn’t bankroll a little DNA testing project like this.