Paternity Tests increase throughout the UK

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Why DNA paternity test are increasing and why they matter?

More individuals and couples are seeking DNA tests than ever before. The science and techniques behind these tests have been improved so much over the years and they have also become more widely available to the general public.

The debate rages on as to whether this wide spread uptake of Paternity tests is a good thing or not. Yet with statistics being released by credible universities stating that 1 in 25 men are unknowingly bringing up another man’s child, unaware that the paternity of the child is in question, doubts seem to be growing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2005/aug/11/childrensservices.uknews

There are many financial, emotional and medical reasons that can be quoted as to why DNA testing a child is a good thing, but the results of the test can still have devastating effects for the individuals and families involved.

A DNA paternity test can offer a family truth on which future decisions can be made. They can eradicate doubt but they can also confirm a person’s worst fears.

It is important to think carefully about taking part in a DNA paternity test or other form of DNA test that can indirectly test paternity. Consider what each result will mean to the test participants and to the families around them.