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Who's the Daddy? Who's the Brother? Who's the Killer?


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Storylines that dominate daytime can now be resolved in cyberspace!


David Canary (Adam/Stuart, AMC)Get Your DNA Test Online!

How many times have we seen major daytime stories revolve around the paternity issue?  Here’s a few that come immediately to mind:

~All My Children’s infamous story of Adam switching Jake’s sperm at the sperm bank, so that he could truly be the father of Lisa’s baby, the then unborn Colby.  How did Adam get access to the sperm bank in the first place to make the switch?  His company, Chandler Enterprises, owned it, of course!

Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell (Bo and Hope, DOOL)~Days of our Lives powerful tale of the true parentage of baby Zach, where the suspence grew to a major crescendo, and the call went out to the fans to vote online who the daddy should be!

Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) Photo:  LMS~One Life to Live’s Lindsay playing switcheroo with some DNA evidence, a secret she harbored for months and months, much to the detriment of her family and romantic relationships.  Can you ever forget the day Bo left Lindsay at the altar?  

Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL)~Not to mention the intriguing triangle of Antonio, Liz and Keri on One Life to Live.  As Antonio awaits the resuts of the DNA test, RJ wonders what Antonio will do if he finds out that he is the father of Liz's baby.  Antonio's heart belongs to Keri.  Imagine his shock when he learned the truth!  The DNA test proved that Antonio IS the daddy, and now, maybe the new poster boy for not engaging in one-night-stands!

DNA testing, a rather new scientific innovation, places perps at the scene of the crime, proves murderers guilty, and answers the question of just who is the daddy.  And now, get this:  Anyone can order a DNA test online!

Michael Park (Jack, ATWT)Yup. Isn’t cyberspace grand? I am not talking in a soapdom storyline, I am talking real life.  All you need is a few hundred dollars and a computer and you are set to get to the bottom of who really is the daddy, but who’s to say, it wouldn’t make for an interesting plot twist in a daytime drama storyline?  For example, a story is currently running on As the World Turns where Jack has just gotten DNA results.  But look how long it took for the results to be returned?  Jack should have just signed on! On Port Charles there is some question that Rafe and Alison could be brother and sister.  All they would have to do is sign online for a DNA test! No more worry. No more fuss.  It's either a match or it's not.  Boom, on to the next aspect of the storyline!

Brian Gaskill (Rafe, PC) and Erin Hershey (Alison, PC)A US-based company called DNA Diagnostic Center has had an online site for some time at DNACenter.com. They have just partnered with the newly launched dnabioscience.com, the first paternity testing company based in Essex, England, and one of the first in the UK.  dnabioscience.com is not only set to revolutionize the UK, but will also change people’s perception of paternity tests and having peace of mind.  Part of dnabioscience.com long-term strategy is to remain on the cutting-edge of technology and offer the best in class service, which is why they brought in DNA Center (DNACenter.com), considered the best in the US, as a partner.

Media outlets from around the world consistently turn to DNA Diagnostic Centre for expert advice and precise paternity testing. The company is considered to be an invaluable resource for media outlets such as national daytime TV talk shows, nighttime news magazines, international documentary production companies, and news outlets from around the world. Experts have been provided for the Maury Povich Show, Ricki Lake Show, Montel Williams Show, Queen Latifah Show, Divorce Court and Primetime Live just to name a few.

The British counterpart, dnabioscience.com, is focused on bringing the ease of paternity tests and other DNA services to the UK and rest of Europe and has already been featured on BBC Radio Essex and heavily published in the local press. A slot on ITV 1 Trisha Show is also in the pipeline

Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope)What is DNA Testing?

DNA Testing is the most advanced form of proving or disproving biological relationships. The testing is based on the analysis of genetic material between two people (for example: a child and alleged father) Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is every persons’ genetic "blueprint." Half of their DNA is inherited from their mother and half from their father. When the child's DNA is compared to an alleged parent and no match exists, that person is excluded 100% as the biological parent. If there is a match in the DNA patterns, a probability of 99% or greater is calculated, thus establishing a biological relationship.

How Accurate is DNA Testing?

A person has thousands of genes. Half from each parent. The randomness of this combination makes each person's genetic make-up unique, except for identical twins. It is this unique combination within each cell that makes DNA testing so powerful in human identification. Test results will either 100% exclude someone as a biological parent of a child or confirm 99% or higher the probability of parentage. Legally, 99% or greater probability of a biological relationship is considered proof of paternity.

Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC)Coming Soon to Soaps?

Don’t be surprised if on the next latest soap storyline where DNA and/or a paternity issue is involved, you see the character signing on to his computer and ordering a paternity test online!  It’s as easy as point and click.  In fact, I challenge the writers of daytime to incorporate the online DNA service into a storyline!  Let’s see if they do!  Can’t you just see AMC’s David Hayward, or Passions’ Eve Russell, hacking into the DNA Center computer and manipulating results?  Stay tuned.  The DNA thickens…

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