The changing face of "misidentified paternity"

J Med Philos. 2007 Jul-Aug;32(4):359-73. doi: 10.1080/03605310701515294.


Advances in genetic research and technology can have a profound impact on identity and family dynamics when genetic findings disrupt deeply held assumptions about the nuclear family. Ancestry tracing and paternity testing present parallel risks and opportunities. As these latter uses are now available over the internet directly to the consumer, bypassing the genetic counselor, consumers need adequate warning when making use of these new modalities.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Genetic Techniques / trends*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paternity*
  • Pedigree*
  • Racial Groups / psychology*