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Orchid to Provide DNA Identity Testing Services for Kinsearch Registry

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - Orchid BioSciences has signed an agreement with Kinsearch Registry, a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting adoptions, to provide genetic testing services and to form Kinsearch's database of DNA identity profiles.


The DNA profile database will be used to help adoptees identify and locate biological siblings and other birth family members following adoption. It will initially include profiles of adoptees from China , Russia , Guatemala and South Korea - countries which represent the largest sources of international adoptions.


Orchid will run DNA identity profiles from participants against profiles in the participant database to search for matches. Kinsearch will inform each participant of the initial search result as well as any subsequent match as additional participants join the registry.


"Genetic identity testing is increasingly being used by individuals to confirm relationships, and we are pleased to have been selected by the Kinsearch Registry to play a critical role in this pioneering initiative designed to help unite both child and adult adoptees with their biological siblings," said Paul Kelly, CEO of Orchid.


A total of 21,616 foreign-born children were adopted by U.S. citizens in 2003. Seventy-five percent of the children came from China , Russia , Guatemala or South Korea .

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