New blood tests can determine unborn child’s paternity

The New York Times reports, “Blood tests are becoming available that can determine paternity as early as the eighth or ninth week of pregnancy, without an invasive procedure that could cause a miscarriage,” by analyzing “fragments of DNA from the fetus that are present in the mother’s blood in tiny amounts.”

However, these tests aren’t certified “for accuracy that is necessary for use in child custody cases” by the AABB, the organization formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks.

Still, Eduardo Nunes, senior director for policy, standards and global development at the AABB, said they are “seriously considering whether it should certify prenatal tests.”

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