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Bobby Fischer's Body to Be Exhumed for Paternity Testing


The Supreme Court of Iceland has agreed to exhume the body of chessmaster Bobby Fischer for the purpose of paternity testing, according to lawyer Thordur Bogason, who represents 9-year-old Jinky Young. Ms. Young, who lives in the Philippines, claims to be Mr. Fischer’s daughter and has submitted blood samples for DNA comparison.

Bobby Fischer died in January 2008 without a will, and there are other legal actions ongoing as to who is entitled to his estate.

Paternity tests use samples from blood or tissue and compares the DNA pattern of the child to that of the alleged father. Usually the mother’s DNA is also collected (called a trio) to help exclude half of the child’s DNA, leaving the other half for comparison to the alleged father. . Because DNA is inherited from parents, the comparison can be used as definitive proof of a biological relationship.

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Establishing paternity is important not only for legal and financial reasons, but also for social and health reasons. Both mothers and children can get a peace of mind and sense of well-being knowing for sure who the biological father of a child is. Medically, it provides an accurate history for the child for future insight into the diagnosis and treatment of inherited diseases.

There are two types of paternity tests: legal and home DNA tests. Unlike a home DNA test, legal testing follows a Chain of Custody documentation process to ensure accurate and legally defensible results. Testing can offer a 99.99% accuracy rate for inclusion and a 100% accuracy rate for exclusion.

Home paternity tests are used primarily for personal knowledge only. These cannot be used as legal proof of paternity because the identity of the persons tested cannot be verified.

Results from paternity tests are often available within 3 to 5 working days.

The cost of paternity testing from an accredited laboratory depends upon the area in which you live in and the type of paternity test chosen. Pricing ranges from $400 to $2000. The American Pregnancy Association recommends paternity testing from a facility that has been accredited by the AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks).