Science is amazing.
A couple in the US, who had a paternity test after their son’s blood type didn’t match that of either parents, have been surprised to find out that the biological father of the little boy was actually his uncle.
An uncle who was never born.
Buzzfeed reports that in June 2014, the baby boy was born with the help of IVF. After he was born, the couple were told that their son’s blood type did not match either the father or his partner. Understandably disturbed, they undertook an at-home paternity test which showed that the man wasn’t actually the father of the child.
Barry Starr, a geneticist at Stanford University, told Buzzfeed that they were upset. “They thought the clinic had used the wrong sperm.”
They hired a lawyer and went to an accredited lab for a more precise paternity test, which just like the at-home test relied on the father’s cheek cells for a swab.
Again, the test came back negative for paternity.
The couple then approached the fertility clinic who said that it could not be their fault as the 34-year-old father was the only white man to donate sperm on the day their son was conceived.
So the couple decided to undergo a genetic ancestry test through Barry Starr and they were shocked at the findings: the biological father of the baby was actually his uncle — an uncle who only ever existed as a lost twin.