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If they can test for genetic disease before birth, why can't they do DNA paternity tests before birth?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: They can.

Dna paternity test can be performed on fetal genetic material from invasive (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, cordocentesis) or non-invasive testing (e.
g. Sequenom's maternit21) at experienced laboratories.

In brief: They can.

Dna paternity test can be performed on fetal genetic material from invasive (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, cordocentesis) or non-invasive testing (e.
g. Sequenom's maternit21) at experienced laboratories.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Scott McLean
Keep in mind that paternity tests are almost always NOT medical tests. Any of the invasive prenatal techniques to obtain DNA, like amniocentesis, have both costs ($$) and risks (bleeding, possible loss of the pregnancy). Insurance companies are reluctant to cover the financial costs of there is no medical benefit. Ask yourself this key question: What would you do if the amniocentesis showed non-paternity? There would not be any medical reason to handle the pregnancy any differently than one in which there was no concern about paternity?
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