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22 Apr 2006

Paternity tests
Can a paternity test be wrong,due to human error, a friend of mine had one done ,it came back negative (he is not the kid father)but the kid and his names are swapped around stating "duaghter is 100% excluded from being the father of dad's name"there is also a couple of things weird that is "wrong" according to my knowledge.The test came back two days later instead of the initial 3 weeks.Could it just be a typo or human error.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Buda

Yes a human error is always possible if samples were swapped but in this case it might be a typing error. It is important that statistical analysis is done and that the results of he estimations are provided, not only indicating whether a specific marker is absent or present in the comparison. If there are any doubts, it will be best to have the test repeated at another lab. We get requests like this all the time at Genecare to repeat tests done at other labs where proper statistical analyses does not form part of the service provided for paternity testing.

Regards, Maritha
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