Reporting Mona Rivera
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Who’s your daddy? Getting the answer to that question has just become a lot easier for New Yorkers.
A trip to the neighborhood drug store is now all you’ll need to get a paternity test. New York has become the 50th state to start selling DNA paternity kits made by Identigene at retail outlets.
Similar DNA kits have been available for purchase over-the-counter in New York, however, this is the first capable of identifying paternity.
A Long Island Duane Reade clerk tells 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera that no one has bought the kit yet
The do-it-yourself kits are being sold at Duane Reade stores across the state for $29.99. The tests will be administered at the store’s walk-in clinics for a total cost, which covers lab fees and other charges, of about $300.
Steve Smith, the executive director of Identigene, said the cost is still significantly cheaper than the traditional paternity testing process carried out at private labs.
According to state law, buyers must get authorization from a doctor or lawyer and have the test witnessed by third parties.
Some customers are shocked.
“It blows my mind, I can’t even imagine,” one man said. “Over the counter DNA tests…I’m not so sure I feel so good about that.”
A clerk at a Duane Reade in New Hyde Park said no one has bought the kit yet.
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