DNA test­ing to catch adul­ter­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY: Sus­pect your sig­nif­i­cant other might be cheat­ing on you? In Mex­ico, nu­mer­ous lab­o­ra­to­ries are now of­fer­ing a way to find out for sure – DNA tests.

“If some­one thinks they are the vic­tim of adul­tery, they can bring us un­der­wear, a sheet, chew­ing gum, which pro­vide testers with traces of sperm, saliva or hair,” said Jorge Guillen, di­rec­tor of one of the labs of­fer­ing the ser­vice.

The test de­ter­mines whether the DNA found on the sam­ple cor­re­sponds to the client or some­one else. The process takes up to six days and costs $200 to $500 dol­lars, Guillen said. DNA tests for pri­vate use are le­gal in Mex­ico. A 2008 study by a pri­vate re­search in­sti­tute in Mex­ico found one in six Mex­i­cans sus­pects their part­ners may be cheat­ing on them.– Sapa-AP.

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