Maury Povich hardest hit

Coming soon to British pharmacies: home paternity tests.

Home DNA testing kits are going on sale in Boots stores across the UK later.

Until now, the paternity packs have only been available online and in a few independent pharmacies.

The chemist says it is the first High Street shop to sell the kits, which let people settle disputes over whether someone is father to a baby without outside help.

The kit costs £29.99, with an extra £129 to get the results back from the laboratory.

The couple and the child each rub a cotton swab inside their mouth, put each one in a specially coloured envelope and send them off to be tested.

Results are returned within five days.

DNA kits have been available online for years and in a few smaller chemists since 2009, but Boots says it’s now introducing them into 375 of its stores.

The manufacturer says the results are “99% accurate,” which frankly doesn’t sound precise enough.  The findings likely won’t be admissible in court:

The Child Support Agency say they will only accept the results of a DNA test which has come from an approved testing provider and an approved doctor.

Similar tests will soon be available in New York, too.  Here in Nova Scotia, either party to a proceeding involving a child may apply for paternity testing under the Maintenance and Custody Act (see s. 27).



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