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Podcast: ‘God, what a mess!’—the accidental discovery of genetic fingerprinting

At 9.05am on the morning of 10th September 1984, geneticist Alec Jeffreys developed an X-ray film that would change the ...
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Children from extramarital affairs not as common as we think, study shows

That old joke about the milkman fathering many of a town’s children—it’s far from true, a new study reaffirms. Researchers ...
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‘Really tough decision’: What should doctors do when genetic testing reveals that dad isn’t the child’s biological father?

The child was critically ill. The treating team at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, was stumped and worried that ...
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How consumer genetic testing is ending paternal secrecy—for better or worse

When Nara Milanich wrote Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father—a history of the scientific, legal, and social conceptions of ...
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Electronic paternity tests and other bad ideas before the dawn of the DNA era

In the first decades of the 20th century, scientists around the world proposed a fantastic array of new methods to ...
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Fertility doctor suspected of fathering 200 children will have DNA tested, court rules

A fertility doctor suspected to have fathered scores of people by secretly swapping donors' sperm for his own will have ...