Identigene, an industry pioneer in DNA identification testing, today announced 50,000 Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kits have been purchased since retail sales of the product began in a West Coast test market in November 2007. The kit is the first DNA test ever sold in major retail stores, providing answers to paternity questions quickly with probabilities of paternity greater than 99.99 percent. The self-administered, non-invasive Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit is now available over-the-counter in 10,000 retail outlets in 45 states just nine months after its retail launch.
The Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit was a godsend for my son and me, said Jane Gillespie of St. Clair Shores, Mich. What are the chances a DNA paternity test kit would become available at a nearby drug store just when my son needed one? The ex-girlfriend of GillespieÂ™s 17-year-old son had just given birth to a baby girl she claimed was his, but Gillespie had her doubts.
Adoptive parents were ready to pick up the infant at the hospital and wanted GillespieÂ™s son to sign-off as the father, she said. My son was devastated that he could be the father of a child he wouldnÂ™t see again. The timing was awful. He was planning out his senior year in high school and had finally decided on a career path after graduation. He wanted to do the right thing, but he didnÂ™t want his baby to be raised apart from her natural father, as he had.
I heard about retail sales of IdentigeneÂ™s DNA Paternity Test Kit on the radio earlier that day. And I had only an hour-and-a-half to find a test kit and return to the hospital to obtain a DNA sample from the baby, she said.
The Identigene DNA Paternity Test uses DNA samples of saliva or cheek cells. To use a test kit, the baby, the alleged father and, optionally, the mother have a small amount of DNA collected by swab. The samples, consent forms and a lab fee are sent in a postage-paid envelope to Identigene for processing. Results are available within three to five business days of receipt at the laboratory.
Just days later, Gillespie received lab results: The baby was not her sonÂ™s. We were both very relieved. My son felt like a huge burden had been lifted, and I have peace-of-mind knowing I donÂ™t have a granddaughter IÂ™ll never see.
Identigene gave my son his life back, said Gillespie. Now he is beginning his senior year in high school and has been sworn into the delayed entry program of the U.S. Marines, which has been his career dream.
Suggested retail price for an Identigene DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is $29.99. The laboratory processing fee for the personal peace-of-mind test is $119. An option is available for retail customers who want to use test results in legal proceedings that provides specific collection and secure chain-of-custody procedures for the DNA samples. The processing fee for test results for use in legal proceedings is $319, which includes the lab fee.
The Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit online pressroom is www.dnatesting.com/presskit, and provides past press releases, high-resolution images, B-roll footage and a store locator.
Identigene, a Sorenson Genomics company, was founded in 1993 and was the first DNA testing laboratory in the world to commercially use modern STR technology for paternity testing. Identigene offers a full range of DNA testing services including tests used to determine paternity, siblingship and other familial relationships, as well as DNA tests for purposes of immigration, child custody, settling estates and other family-related situations. Additional information about Identigene and its DNA testing services is available by visiting www.dnatesting.com.
Sorenson Public Relations
Jacob Moon, 801-490-1017