DNA Diagnostics Centre, a London-based DNA paternity and relationship testing firm, last week began advertising its DDC Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test for UK residents, which relies on SNP microarray technology.
According to DDC, the test requires blood samples from both the mother and alleged father. The company did not name the test manufacturer in its statement or on its website. DDC said the array contains 317,000 genetic markers. DDC surveys the mother's blood for free-circulating fetal DNA in order to make a determination of paternity. The firm is marketing the test as an alternative to invasive tests that rely on samples provided via amniocentesis.
DDC is offering its test for £995 ($1,590) "plus collection fees."