Benefits of Establishing Paternity

According to the October issue of Parents magazine, only 21 percent of American households are married couples with children—down from 24 percent in 2000, and 43 percent in 1950. The article, entitled “The New American Family,” describes how more and more Americans don’t believe you have to get married before having children—many have grown up in…

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Validating Cell Lines Using DNA Testing

The August issue of Biotechniques highlights the importance of validating the identity of cell lines used in research studies (for example, in developing cancer therapies). Cell line contamination has been a problem in many scientific studies—even those already published—the majority of which are funded by public funds and charitable grants. Because many subsequent research studies…

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Lipstick and DNA

A blog article recently posted by Promega highlights how forensic DNA testing was used in a UK case involving two British women—a wife and her husband’s mistress. The story itself is worthy of a soap opera, with a twist at the end of the story. The wife filed police reports blaming the mistress for various vicious…

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New Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test

We’re pleased to announce that DDC is now offering a non-invasive option for those who would like to determine paternity before the baby is born. Unlike traditional prenatal paternity testing, which uses a fetal sample obtained by an OB-GYN through amniocentesis or CVS sampling, the non-invasive test only uses the mother’s blood to detect free-floating…

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