The Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit is on sale at Rite-Aid stores in California, Oregon and Washington for $29.99 plus a $119 lab processing fee. That beats the $245 price tag for a paternity test through Identigenes Web site.
Customers send in cheek swabs from the alleged father and child with the lab fee, and can get their results online, by fax or mail. It sounds a lot easier than being on one of Maury Povichs Whos your daddy? shows.
For genealogical purposes, this test could be handy in cases of adoption or nonpaternity events. You need DNA samples from both parties, and it can only tell you whether a parent-child relationship existsnot whether the two are related in another way (tests for other relationships are available through Identigene and other labs).
Were interested in future implications, though: Can a retail genetic genealogy test be far behind?