MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Home DNA kits win friends in highest places

Academia and the Judiciary both lined up in support of the DNA Testing Agency, a Kent-based company offering DIY DNA tests which was ’outed’ in the press last week. The chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee, David Hinchcliffe, MP, led a chorus of quangos in condemning the tests.

Academia and the Judiciary both lined up in support of the DNA

Testing Agency, a Kent-based company offering DIY DNA tests which was

’outed’ in the press last week. The chairman of the Commons Health

Select Committee, David Hinchcliffe, MP, led a chorus of quangos in

condemning the tests.



His main complaint was that the company was ’enticing fathers on the

back of the CSA issue’. He was backed up by Sir Colin Campbell, chairman

of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee, who warned of the ethical

issues raised.



However spokesmen for a bevy of ’family value’ groups argued that now

the technology for self-testing was available, the freedom issues

outweighed the arguments for ensuring that DNA testing remained solely

the province of Government-licensed agencies. After months of

advertising in the Sunday Sport, the company marketing the test went to

ground, leaving an answering machine and prepared statement as the sole

source of communication with the media.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Paper Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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