Suspect paternity opens up Pandora’s Box for one in 25 births.

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Suspect paternity opens up Pandora’s Box

Vijay Dutt

London, August 11, 2005

A rise in genetic testing has opened a Pandora’s Box of sexual secrets. One in 25 fathers could unknowingly be bringing up a child who is not his own, according to a new research.

One of the authors of the study that covered the period from 1950 until 2004, Prof Mark Bellis of the Centre of Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, said that DNA testing found rates as low as one per cent and as high as 30 per cent with a median of four per cent.

This means that paternity could be disputed in 24000 out of 600,000 live births in England and Wales last year.

Bellis pointed out, “ Twenty years ago doctors would have tended not to tell when they came across this (about child not being of the person known as father) information unless it was important for the health of the child.

“But advances in genetics mean that there is now more pressure for a child to know who his or her biological parents are.” There were about 10,000 paternity testing last year. This recorded a 10 per cent rise.

A testing company said, “ It is an extremely serious area and it is a very interesting question as to who has what rights a child has to know his own identity.” The organisation found that about 30 per cent of the tests showed that the man was not the biological father of the child. The managing director of DNA Bioscience Avi Lasarow said that an analysis of about 1500 mothers and fathers who had used the services in the past six months had found that 20 per cent of men were not the biological fathers of the child.

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