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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Genetics and Public Policy Center

Author(s): Katherine Groff

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Topic: Health (Medical research and technology)

Keywords: Direct-to-consumer genetic tests; Paternity testing

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Paternity testing is conducted to determine if a man is an individual's biological father. While several different ways to establish paternity were used in the past, DNA testing is
now the most accurate and popular method and the only method admissible in most courts.