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originally posted by: grainofsand
All thoughts welcome on this perhaps delicate social issue.
More than one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man’s child, reveals research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The implications are huge, say the authors from Liverpool John Moores University's Centre for Public Health, with the increasing reliance of judicial and health systems on DNA profiling and genetic testing, such as organ donation and criminal identification The authors base their findings on wide ranging and international published scientific research and conference abstracts, covering the period between 1950 and 2004. Their findings show that rates of “paternal discrepancy”―where a father is not the biological father of his child―range from less than 1% to as much as 30%. It is generally thought that rates are below 10%: a rate of 4% means that one in 25 families could be affected.