In a message dated 11/17/2005 11:00:50 AM Central Standard Time,
THIS CAN CAUSE SOME CONFUSION
About 4 percent of men may unknowingly be raising a child that really
belongs to the mailman or some other guy, researchers speculate in a new study.
Researchers pawed through a host of scientific articles published around the
world from 1950 through last year. The perceived "paternal discrepancy
rate," as it is called, ranges from less than 1 percent to as high as 30 percent
in the various studies. Most researchers believe the rate is less than 10
The author's settled on four percent -- one in 25 families -- in a new
article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The actual figure will likely become clearer as more people undergo DNA
profiling and genetic testing, the researchers say. In the United States, rates
of paternity testing alone more than doubled to 310,490 between 1991 and 2001,
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
- _George Bernard Shaw_