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.READ MORE: Police Searching For Driver After Man Seriously Hurt In Queens Hit-And-Run
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.READ MORE: Puerto Rican Day Parade Goes Virtual For 2nd Straight Year
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.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Mother Throws 4-Week-Old Daughter, 2-Year-Old Son Out Window Before Jumping Out Herself
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