Think you’re the baby daddy? Or disputing the allegations? It has become almost a trend in our culture, and now questioning couples will have the chance to find out who is the father of the baby without having to subject themselves to an embarrassing Springer or Povich type fiasco where chairs, shoes and the ever so popular phrase “I told you so bitch” will no doubt be thrown.
That’s correct, DIY Paternity tests are now being sold in 30 states nationwide and marketed as Identigene wedged between condoms and pregnancy tests in pharmacy aisles. Douglas Fogg, chief operating officer of Identigene, by Sorenson Genomics estimates there will be approximately 52,000 units sold in this country this year.
The Identigene includes swabs that can take samples from inside the cheek of the child and the alleged father. The collection of the mother’s cells are not necessarily needed but recommended for fitted accuracy. The contents are then shipped to the Sorenson lab in Salt Lake City where results are analyzed and sent back within three to five business days with a total price tag of about $150.
Obviously there are Genetic experts who question the accuracy of such tests, and most importantly the ethics. You can imagine how many lives this will change for better, those who want to know the identity of their true parent…or for the worse as many live by “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” and simply would rather not know. Though the DIY tests will not be admissible in a court of law, there is also buzz about potential lawsuits and court cases arising from mistakes or oversight on the lab’s part to swabs taken without the alleged “daddy’s” knowledge and the list goes on.