Who’s Your Daddy?
The DNA test as we know it today is a very recent development. It only became available around three decades ago, giving families & lawmakers at last, a solid, accurate, and scientific way to prove who is the father of a child.
Are My Twins Identical?
"Are my twins identical?" It might sound like a simple question to answer, but in reality it's not always easy to tell. What happens if you have a set of same-gender twins who look similar? There are two possibilities: they could in fact be identical—or—they could simply be non-identical twins who just happen to share similar physical features (as many siblings do). Not even doctors & midwives can be certain in all cases, and it's not always possible to get a definitive answer from an ultrasound scan. Contrary to what some people believe, identical twins don't share identical fingerprints—they are formed randomly in the womb.
The US Government Wants to Ramp Up DNA Testing at the Southern Border
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have confirmed that they are using rapid DNA testing at seven locations along the US-Mexico border, in order to identify groups of people falsely claiming to be families. The technology can produce a result in around 90 minutes—compared to the previously used police testing process which would take weeks.
You Can Now Do a DNA Test Before a Baby Has Even Been Born
DNA testing as we know it has been around since the 1980s, when the development of PCR finally gave scientists an accurate, reliable way to test if two individuals were related. But it probably wasn't until the late 90s and early 2000s that the idea of a DNA test really entered the popular conversation, thanks to reality talk shows such as The Jeremy Kyle Show in the UK and The Jerry Springer Show in the States. Today, there are several commercial companies that can perform a paternity test and settle family disputes, using little more than a cheek swab taken from the child, and their alleged father.