April 01, 2018 Uniform Parentage Act

UPA 2017: The Science of It All

By: George C. Maha

In crafting the Uniform Parentage Act of 2017, the drafting committee faced the challenge of not only understanding the law—it also had to understand very complex scientific issues. These issues ranged from artificial reproduction to mitochondrial replacement therapy to genetic testing to determine parentage. One article, Article 5, Genetic Testing, provides a detailed legal and scientific framework for using genetic testing to solve disputed parentage.

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