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NCJ Number: 120443 Find in a Library
Title: DNA Fingerprinting and Paternity Testing
Journal: U.C. Davis Law Review  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1989)  Pages:609-651
Author(s): R J Richards
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 43
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DNA fingerprinting makes most blood tests used to establish paternity obsolete and is the only way to conclusively link father and child in paternity suits. California courts should admit DNA fingerprinting evidence to establish paternity.
Abstract: Blood tests are unable to establish paternity; they can only establish nonpaternity. While each individual's DNA is unique, a baby inherits half of its DNA from each parent, and scientists can match each parent's contribution against the baby's genetic structure. The advantages of and cautions against relying on DNA fingerprinting are discussed, along with proposals for admitting DNA fingerprinting evidence in California paternity suits. A model statute for authorizing the admission of DNA fingerprint evidence in California paternity suits is proposed and, as an alternative, the article suggests changing the current standards for the admission of scientific evidence. 182 footnotes.
Main Term(s): DNA fingerprinting
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; California; Family courts; Parental rights
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