24/03/2011 11:33 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

High Street Sells Over The Counter DNA Paternity Tests

high street to sell DNA kits Could this mark the end for Jeremy Kyle? Boots are to sell DNA paternity tests OVER THE COUNTER.

The company behind the test kit, Anglia DNA, claims that every year 50,000 babies' births are registered without the baby's dad being named on the certificate (although this may be by arrangement with the baby's mother), whilst research finds a staggering 1 in 25 fathers are not actually the biological parents of the children they think they are.

The tests - which will be in the form of a mouth swab - will now be available 'over the counter', with results being sent back within five days, although for those who just can't wait, a 24-hour service is available.

Whilst the company's founder Dr Thomas Haizel thinks the availability of the test on the high street is good thing (he claims they 'rarely' give people results they 'weren't expecting') some opposers think it will simply cause problems.

LibDem health spokesman Norman Lamb told reporters:
'On the face of it, I don't oppose the idea of people having a right to know what their parentage is or finding out whether or not someone is responsible for a child. But I can also see there are potential negative consequences and risk of a casual attitude to having a child. There's an absolute need for the government and Human Tissue Authority to consider fairly urgently whether the emergence of this requires some rules about how and when it should be used.'

What do you think?

Is over-the-counter DNA testing a good thing?

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