A DNA paternity test worth less than $150, with confidential results available within days from a lab, is the first to be sold over the counter and promises to offer “peace of mind” to those who need it.
Utah-based Identigene offers the over-the-counter DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit which costs about $30.
Each paternity kit provides only one test result; the baby, mother and supposed father must each collect a sample by rubbing a cotton swab on the inside of a cheek for 30 seconds.
The cotton swabs are mailed in sealed plastic bags and sent along with a signed consent form and a $119 fee to the lab that does the testing. It only takes a few days to find out who the father is and, provided that the information listed on the form is correct, they are 99.9 percent accurate.