How To Determine Paternity Without A DNA Test

How To Determine Paternity Without A DNA Test

by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted June 17, 2007 in DNA Testing

Laurita of St. Paul, Minn. wrote to Ask Harriette whether she should accept a girl into her family who claims to be her niece without DNA evidence.

Dear Harriette: What would your reaction be if you received an e-mail from a 32-year-old woman you’ve never heard of, claiming to be a child of your brother? My brother admitted to me he is not 100 percent sure the girl is his.

Everyone is down on me because I refuse to accept her without DNA proof.

Would you accept her on blind faith, or would you insist on DNA proof?

calculator 1Interesting dilemma, wouldn’t you say? I wonder if Laurita’s brother has gone the low-tech route. There are a number of ways to determine both paternity and maternity without using a DNA test.

  1. Identigene has a multi-trait paternity calculator that takes into account information on ABO/RH blood type, eye color, and type of ear lobes.
  2. The blood type calculator can be used for determining both paternity and maternity. Say for example the mother’s blood type is O and the alleged daughter’s is B, the father can only have blood type B or AB for the daughter to be related to the father.
  3. Mothers who are not sure of which partner might have fathered the baby can use the conception calculator by plugging in the child’s date of birth.

Of course, blood type, eye color, and type of earlobes have greater variations in some populations than in others. Calculators like these won’t be as helpful in homogeneous populations such as China.

So my advice to Laurita would be to do some careful observations of physical traits and do her own calculations. And while I can sympathize with her desire to protect her brother from being hurt, I actually think it’s none of her business. Harriette Cole thinks Laurita should “calm down and observe” to see if this woman is trustworthy or not.

What would your advice to Laurita be?

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[...] columnist, Henrietta the Healthcare Worker, is hard at work this week. A great follow-up to the Ask Harriette question about DNA paternity testing I featured over the [...]

 
Comment by jason boyer Subscribed to comments via email

i took a dna test to determine if my oldest daughter was mine the test results said 86% does that mean i’the father?

Comment by CRUZ Subscribed to comments via email

DID YOU RAISE YOUR DAUGHTER FROM BIRTH? i THINK THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. iT TAKES ALOT OF COURAGE TO RAISE A CHILD.lET ME ASK YOU THIS IF THE RESULTS OR THE ANSWER THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR IS “NO” WOULD THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?? YOUR DAUGHTER IS STILL THERE AND YOU STILL LOVE HER RIGHT??

 
 

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