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Boots to sell DNA paternity test kits

Boots to sell DNA paternity test kits Claims to provide 'peace of mind'

A DNA paternity test kit is to go on sale at Boots stores across the country today.

The paternity test kit, called Assuredna, is the first to be sold on the high street and costs £29.99.

Every year in the UK, the father’s name is left blank on approximately 50,000 birth certificates, and an estimated 1 in 25 fathers in the UK are not the biological parent of a child, says Anglia DNA, the company who developed the kit.

“Assuredna provides families with peace of mind so they can move on with their lives. 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, ” said Dr Mandy Hartley, technical manager at Anglia DNA.

The test compares the genetic material of both parents and child. Samples are taken from parents and child by rubbing the inside of the mouth with a cotton swab.

The swabs are then placed in colour coded envelopes, and sent to Anglia DNA for analysis at an additional cost of £129.00. The results are available within five days.

If the child is under 16 years old, both mother and father must give their written consent and submit identification documents. The company stressed that paternity testing was for "peace of mind" purposes, and not non-consensual testing.

An Anglia DNA helpline has also been opened to offer advice to customers at any stage during and after the testing process.

This article was published on Tue 1 February 2011

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