Home test kits are very big business and the list of tests available to consumers as kits will surely expand. I have posted a number of previous notes about paternity testing kits, many of which were only available on the web. The distribution channels for such kits is now expanding with them now, logically, available in drug stores (see: Drugstore Shopping List: Aspirin, Shampoo, Paternity Test). Below is an excerpt from the article with boldface emphasis mine:
A company called Identigene said today that its paternity test is now available over the counter at Rite Aid and Meijer drugstores around the country. Identigene [DNA Paternity Test], which costs $29.99 at the store plus another $119 for lab fees, is the similar to tests widely available online. The kit includes Q-tip-like swabs for the mother, child and alleged father. Rub the swab on the cheek, send it to Salt Lake City in a postage paid envelope, and a few days later get your results by mail, phone or Internet. But don’t try and take the answer to the judge. For the answer to be legally binding, you’ve got to pay a few hundred bucks extra for a third party (or in this case, fourth party) to administer the tests and confirm that everybody is who they say they are....The test isn’t sold in New York, where state rules require a doctor’s prescription or a court order, the company said. But it’s not far to Jersey, where the test is available.
The availabilty of the Identigene paternity test kits in retail pharmacy chains as well as the new option of providing court admissible DNA testing (see: DNA Paternity Testing: Legal DNA Tests) are both clever strategies by the company to increase product sales. I am sure that the current interest by Congress in genetic testing (see: Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill) is closely linked to the growing popularity of such testing, both at home and in the doctor's office. I should add, in conclusion, that I am having trouble imagining a scenario whereby a family decides to pursue paternity testing of their children outside of some legal action but I am ready to be educated in the matter.