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Do-It-Yourself Paternity Kits Available Soon

Published: September 9, 2005 (Issue # 1103)


Russian men who wonder if they are raising someone elses child will soon to be able to conduct tests at home on who the father is.

If international patterns hold true, they will find the child is not theirs in one out of five cases.

British company DNA Solutions, which will open its first office in Russia in St. Petersburg in about 10 days, is to provide DNA kits to customers so that they do the tests themselves. Marketing manager Daniell Leigh said DNA Solutions is the first company to offer such a service in Russia.

This will be the first company offering free DNA home testing kits that can be sent to individuals who can collect their own DNA samples from their home along with a relative and return these to us for analysis along with payment, Leigh said in a telephone interview from London.

The company decided to open its office in Russia after experiencing a large demand from Russian nationals for DNA testing services over the last three years, he said.

The company continuously received such requests and demands for DNA testing kits from Russians in its offices in Finland, Sweden, UK and Germany.

For 5,650 rubles ($200) the test will, in 10 to 15 days, show the relationship between a father and child with an accuracy of 99.9 percent, he said.

Samples will first be sent to DNA Solutions laboratories in Australia or the U.K., but the company is also considering opening a new laboratory in Russia soon, Leigh said.

Parenthood testing has received a a lot of publicity in Europe, including cases featuring celebrities actress Liz Hurley and tennis player Boris Becker. Disgraced British M.P. David Blunkett went to court to get a paternity test to shore up his claims to the child of his lover.

However, U.K. Health Researchers suggest that in the general population only one in 25 dads is raising another mans child.

The most common reasons for DNAs parenthood testing are fathers who may have doubts that their child or children dont look like them, or their wife had an affair or they have heard a rumor that their wife or girlfriend may have had a one-night stand, Leigh said.

Its these doubts that begin to grow and many fathers want to make sure they are raising a child that is biologically related to them. Many fathers think that raising a child or children is a very large financial commitment and therefore they do not want to pay for another persons child, he said.

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