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Parentage testing


  • maternity testing
  • paternity testing


The process through which DNA sequences from a particular child and a particular adult are compared to estimate the likelihood that the two individuals are related; DNA testing can reliably exclude but cannot absolutely confirm an individual as a biological parent

Definition from: GeneReviewsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: November 23, 2015