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Lifecodes Launches www.PrivatePaternityTesting.com to Offer At-Home Paternity Tests Online

Added: (Tue Aug 07 2001)

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Contact: Joseph Bartolone

Lifecodes Launches www.PrivatePaternityTesting.com to Offer At-Home Paternity Tests Online

July 30, 2001 - Lifecodes today announced the launch of a new web site, PrivatePaternityTesting.com, which allows the general public to obtain a paternity test faster, easier and with more options. The new site's features were designed to make paternity testing more convenient:

- Offers a do-it-yourself Private Paternity Test Kit to administer in the privacy of one's own home.
- No physician or lawyer is needed to obtain the At-Home Test or its results.
- Order securely from the web site or by phone.
- No blood required - sample collection is quick, easy and painless.
- Allows for a "motherless calculation" to be performed where the mother is unavailable or prefers not to be tested. In this eventuality, samples are taken only from the man and child.
- Check results online using an anonymous ID # (or by mail if preferred).

The At-Home Test is competitively priced. PrivatePaternityTesting.com tests are expedited end-to-end by Lifecodes Corporation, whose name is well-known in the DNA testing industry. Through PrivatePaternityTesting.com, Lifecodes intends to offer customers an advantage over other on-line paternity testing companies who pass samples to other laboratories for processing, rather than analyzing samples in-house. "By maintaining the entire process in-house, we can assure the highest levels of quality control in the industry," said Mike Spicer, Lifecodes' Chief Financial Officer.

PrivatePaternityTesting.com also provides a Legally Documented Test, the results of which are admissible as evidence in a court of law. The site allows customers to schedule a visit to one of Lifecodes' 4,000 international collection centers to perform the Legal Test. Details and FAQs about paternity testing are also available at PrivatePaternityTesting.com.

Lifecodes Corporation (www.lifecodes.com), headquartered in Stamford, CT, is a leading provider of DNA testing for paternity, forensic, and human bone marrow/organ transplantation purposes. Lifecodes is a veteran in the industry, having performed over 300,000 DNA tests since 1978. Lifecodes won inclusion in the "Inc. 500" list of fastest growing privately held companies twice in a row (1999-2000), and for three years in a row (1998-2000) won the "Fast 50" Award for technology companies, awarded by the Connecticut Technology Council and Deloitte & Touche.

Michael Baird, Ph.D., Lifecodes' V.P. of Laboratory Operations, is widely recognized in the industry as a leading authority on human identity, and testified in the first case in the United States to result in a conviction utilizing DNA technology. He is also president of the Human Identity Trade Association and has appeared on several television shows as an expert on the subject of paternity testing and forensic DNA analysis.

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