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I've addressed the secret testing issue before in this blog post- Secret DNA testing. Secret tests are good in instances where you don't want one of the participants to know they are being tested. I've seen some crazy schemes to get DNA samples from baby daddies. I've dealt with private investigators who've followed people just to dig straws, plastic forks and even gum out of trash cans. Even worse, I've been on the phone with grandmother's who've stolen garbage to obtain a sample of babies that might be their grandkids.
Special Note *People commonly and incorrectly assume that a baby diaper will provide a good sample. Diapers do NOT make good DNA samples and if you call up a lab and ask if they'll test one - you'll get serious sticker shock. That's right - a forensic analyst will charge you extra to deal with a dirty diaper. I don't blame them! Do you?
There are a lot of issues surrounding secret testing. Here are some things to think over. I'd love to hear your comments.
1. What legal issues surround obtaining DNA from someone unknowingly? (Great Britain has laws against it.)
2. Names don't appear on reports, so you can't really do much with the results. For example instead of saying, Alleged Father - Jon Smith. The report will say, Alleged Father- DNA Donor to Toothbrush. So if you find out that he really is the dad, how do you convince him that the test is legit?
3. Let's just say you are brave enough to present the results to someone you've secretly tested. How do you explain that you went behind their back to steal their toothbrush, their hairbrush, their fingernail clippings or their razor?
4. I've been doing this for too long! What other questions might you have?
On a side note: Arizona's third try at legalizing medical marijuana passed over the weekend. That's right, AZ voters have approved the law twice before. It will be very interesting how they handle these 20 chromosomes in the coming future.