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UK’s First DIY Paternity Tests on Sale at Hackney Pharmacy

SYDNEY, Australia – November 18, 2009 – The Hackney Gazette’s Jasmine Coleman writes about a Hackney pharmacy selling do-it-yourself paternity tests over the counter for the first time in the UK.

A Hackney pharmacy sold do-it-yourself paternity tests over the counter for the first time in the UK on Tuesday – raising concerns among campaigners and community leaders.

The DNA collection kit went on sale at Clockwork Pharmacy on Mare Street, Hackney Central, for £30.

The kits, produced by International Biosciences, contain swabs to collect cheek tissue from the father, child and, optionally, mother. The customer then pays an extra £119 to send samples to a laboratory…

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About International Biosciences

International Biosciences offer a wide range of DNA testing services, including paternity, siblingship and other relationship tests as well as DNA tests for immigration purposes, child custody cases and even DNA ancestry research. IBDNA benefit from an award–winning Molecular Biologist as one of their directors allowing them to remain at the forefront of international genetic research.

IBDNA also provide a comprehensive website,, detailing every aspect of the DNA testing process, showing everything from the differences between home DNA testing and legal DNA tests, to consent issues and understanding the final results report.

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