Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Russian Do-It-Yourself Paternity Kits

"Russian men who wonder if they are raising someone else's child will soon be able to conduct tests at home on "who the father is." If international patterns hold true, they will find the child is not theirs in one out of five cases. British company DNA Solutions, which will open its first office in Russia in St. Petersburg in about 10 days, is to provide DNA kits to customers so that they do the tests themselves. Marketing manager Daniell Leigh said DNA Solutions is the first company to offer such a service in Russia. "This will be the first company offering free DNA home testing kits that can be sent to individuals who can collect their own DNA samples from their home along with a relative and return these to us for analysis along with payment," Leigh said in a telephone interview from London. The company decided to open its office in Russia after experiencing a large demand from Russian nationals for DNA testing services over the last three years." By Irina Titova, The St. Petersburg Times Link to Article (last visited 10-5-05 NVS)

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