Paternity Testing Regulation: Help or Hindrance?Written by Tom LeBaron
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Business Perspective Pro: DNA laboratories are able to sell a state utility service to virtually anyone through postal service. The margin on DNA tests is high, and free home kits can be sent across international borders at a very low cost. French labs are much fewer than number of labs in other countries, and likelihood of business being conducted outside France is quite high. Large international laboratories could predatorily price their tests to point where conducting a DNA test can no longer be done locally. DNA labs that are set up inside France will benefit from this legislation because French citizens are not permitted to conduct a test outside of country. Although industry protection was not reason for adding this article to civil code, French labs capture entire national market for paternity testing. Con: Article 16 almost creates a public sector for paternity testing. The market size is reduced because fewer people will be willing conduct a test because of increased complexity. In other countries, such as UK and Germany, an individual can conduct a test almost whimsically. Having this new technology available to general public at an affordable price has expanded market size and allowed businesses to grow. In France, prices are relatively fixed. Consumers make choices based more on location than on price and quality. The legislation also creates an entry barrier for other companies to enter French market. In order for a laboratory in UK to compete in France, it would need to expand operations and build inside country. This infeasibility deters many businesses from expanding into France. Conclusion To some, red tape is an annoyance; to others, it is due process. Although Article 16-11 forces French citizens to undergo a more lengthy process when conducting a paternity test and hinders business competition, article serves best interest of people. To make this legislation less burdensome, court-appointed lawyer should be paid for by state. This will allow more citizens to find answers to their family-relation questions.
Tom LeBaron is a marketing representative of DNA Bioscience and Sorenson Genomics. Receive your own free home paternity test kit, or learn more about DNA profiling.
WORLD WAR II ENDED 60 YEARS AGOWritten by Irvin L. Rozier
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Finally conflict ended and there was peace The rumble of bombs and noise of gunfire did cease In Bible Lord speaks of times of peace and war Victory was won and World War II was no more
Copyright 2005 Irvin L. Rozier
author of My Walk with the Lord, www.selahbooks.com, various other poems and articles (do a google search on my name), preacher, retired US Army