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bj-diagnostik GmbH: The German Genetic Diagnosis Act will Become Effective 01.02.2010 - What Will Change for Paternity Testing?
Date:1/26/2010

obligated to pay for a child for whom they are denied visitation rights by the mother or of which they doubt they are the biological father). The Genetic Diagnosis Act muted these expectations: The new law decrees that DNA laboratories performing paternity tests are obligated to receive explicit written consent by all parties involved in the test, i.e. alleged father, mother and child (usually represented by both parents or a legal custodian). The necessary paperwork for consent and for identity verification to use the result of the paternity test in court is provided by the laboratories and will considerably increase adminstration of DNA paternity testing both for the laboratories and their customers.

The Genetic Diagnosis Act also brings other legal innovations for ancestry testing. Ancestry and paternity testing is now confined to the de facto experts with a scientific university degree, which is a welcome change to ensure scientific quality in paternity testing. This is in stark contrast to other sections of the Genetic Diagnosis Act, which, after a certain grace period, explicitly bars many genetic specialists, who are much better qualified than medical doctors in human genetics, from performing genetic clinical diagnosis without the involvement of a medical doctor. According to professional interest groups this is a disgrace.

Dr. Michael Jung of bj-diagnostik clarifies: “Contrary to popular belief, doctors of natural sciences (with the German title “Dr. rer. nat.” = rerum naturalium, which is a PhD in science) much more often than medical doctors have the necessary scientific, mathematical and statistical education and knowledg
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