The DNA paternity tests have become a hot topic of discussion on Nigerian social media despite the controversy it leaves on its trail. Many say that this is a result of widespread ‘paternity fraud’ in the country. In this article, we will discuss all the tests entail in detail.
What Is The DNA Paternity Test?
DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid, and this is an acronym many of us know right from our secondary school days. You may also remember that it is a unit of genetic material, which is passed down from parent to offspring. Hence, the paternal nity test checks for DNA passed from the father, and any of his biological offspring will have it.
How Accurate Is The Test?
The DNA paternity test has a very narrow margin of error at an accuracy of 99.9%. It’s virtually a foolproof method of assessing paternity.
Self-test DNA kits are sold in pharmacies, but a legally acceptable test must be done in the hospital.
How Is It Performed?
There are two media used for testing. Blood samples are just as helpful as cheek swabs for testing. The tests check for the DNA sequence in these samples. There must be a sequence match between the samples of a father and his daughter or son.
How Soon Can You Get Results?
It all depends on where you do the test. It is possible to get your results on the same day, although results generally take a day or two.
Are There Other Means?
There are ways to test paternity even before a baby is born. However, most methods hold a risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and are not advised.
Where Can I Do It In Nigeria?
Few centers in Nigeria offer this service. Try a google search to find out which one is closest to you.