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EastEnders' paternity plot sparks surge in DNA testing

by Natalie Evans. Published Thu 16 Sep 2010 12:05, last updated: 16/09/10
Sam Mitchell is caught up in a paternity row in EastEnders
Sam Mitchell is caught up in a paternity row in EastEnders

EastEnders' gripping paternity plot has got the nation asking "Who's the daddy?"

Ex-con Sam Mitchell's 'baby love triangle' dilemma has prompted a surge of enquiries into paternity tests, according to a top DNA testing expert.

The London-based soap sees characters Ricky and Jack, played by Sid Owen and Scott Maslen, DNA tested to confirm who is the father of baby Richard.

As a result, the UK's top drug, alcohol and DNA testing lab has seen a 27% increase in calls for paternity tests since the episode aired this week.

Official DNA testers for the Jeremy Kyle Show, Alpha BioLabs, is the most highly accredited lab in the family law sector.

Managing Director David Thomas said: "All the enquiries have said the same thing - they didn’t realise how simple the test would be and if they’d known they’d have done it ages ago.

"Each individual just takes a swab from their mouths and then sends it off to our labs. It’s amazing that a soap opera bombshell has highlighted such a personal issue."

DNA is a unique 'genetic blueprint' which provides a conclusive way to determine biological relationships. DNA identification is the most precise and definitive means of determining parentage.

Paternity tests cost around £150 and show a 99.99 per cent probability that an individual is a relation or parent of the child.


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