PHOENIX, AZ, February 11, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – In a family beleaguered with a sudden unexplained death and a tangled web of protracted litigation over estate and other issues, the resistance to provide a DNA sample from Anna Nicole Smith for a simple paternity test is curious.
Ron Rale, an attorney for Anna Nicole Smith, has stated that there was no urgency because his client’s DNA would be irrelevant in determining who fathered the child. While this notion is generally true, it goes against best practice in the paternity and relationship testing industry.
Paternity test results and conclusions are founded in statistics and probabilities. While motherless paternity testing is a relatively common practice, it can present a number of problems, ranging from inconclusive results, or in the case of incest, a false inclusion. Including the mother is always an important quality control step in the laboratory process.
DNA testing of the mother, even if maternity is not disputed, improves the chance of obtaining clear results and is a quality control check for both the scientific and legal community. The general consensus among relationship testing laboratories is that every effort should be made to test the mother.
Chromosomal Laboratories is one of the fastest growing DNA laboratories and has been providing various DNA services for ancestral, paternity, relationship, and forensic testing throughout the country. The laboratory is one of the foremost paternity testing laboratories in the country and has been involved in numerous high profile paternity cases.
About Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.
Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc. is a full service analytical testing company that specializes in providing advanced DNA analyses for a variety of industries, which include paternity, forensic, lineage, genealogy, animal pedigree, genetically modified organisms, and ancestry cases. Chromosomal Laboratories also provides research and development in DNA diagnostics as well as DNA consulting services. The company is based in Phoenix, Arizona.