Maury is out of a job

30 11 2007


You Can Now Buy a Genetic Test at Rite-Aid

“It’s not a whole-genome scan or a genetic genealogy test, but it’s still a DNA test from the drug store shelves. Soon you will be able to purchase a paternity test from Rite-Aid.

The test is being offered by Sorenson Genomics. According to an article from Monday’s New York Times:

“A company called Sorenson Genomics has started selling a paternity test kit through Rite Aid stores in California, Oregon and Washington. It appears to be the first time a DNA test is being sold through a major pharmacy chain.”

“The test, sold under the brand name Identigene, has a suggested list price of $29.99, though a reporter purchased one at a Rite Aid in Santa Monica, Calif., for $19.99. There is an additional laboratory fee of $119 to have the samples analyzed.”

The test comes with three sets of cotton swabs, allowing the collection of DNA from the child, alleged father, and the mother. The NYT article states that the mother’s DNA is optional “but helps strengthen the results.”

Discovering Biology in a Digital World asks: “Would the results from this test be legally binding?” I personally can’t imagine that the results would hold up in court. I think that’s why Sorenson Genomics labels the test as giving “peace of mind.” A commentor left the following from an news.aol.com business story: “The kit advises people wanting to test for legal purposes to call the company and set up a chain of custody for the samples, which would cost an additional $20.” Hsien Lei from Eye on DNA also left a comment to the post, adding that home paternity tests are nothing new, which is absolutely true – they’ve been around for a while. But now, for the first time, you can impulse shop, or pick one up on your way home from work…”

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