- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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“Who’s your daddy?” A test kit to answer that question is available at the nearest Rite-Aid store.

Identigene’s new swab-the-mouth DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit costs about $30, plus a $119 fee for the mail-in lab processing. Confidential results are available in a few days.

The kit is the first to be sold over the counter and marks a “completely new channel for marketing DNA tests,” said Doug Fogg, chief operating officer of Identigene, based in Salt Lake City.

When the kit was test-marketed a few months ago in California, Washington and Oregon, store sales were “brisk” and demand was “very strong,” Mr. Fogg said.

In a product testimonial, Natalie Maynes of Vancouver, Wash., said she had been waiting for months for the results of a paternity test she had filed with caseworkers soon after her son was born.

When she heard about the Identigene kit on the news, she bought one at Rite-Aid.

“Five days later, we had our results,” she said.

The kit — which could impact child-support enforcement and paternity-fraud claims — is available in Rite-Aids in 30 states and the District.

For more on this story, check tomorrow’s editions of The Washington Times or www.washingtontimes.com.

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