Incestuous Parentage and Its Analysis

Please note: This program is eligible for 0.25 continuing education credits for Physicians and General Participation credits. California Lab Personnel (CLP), Florida Lab Personnel (FLP) and California Nurse (CN) credits are not eligible due to program length.

AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Recorded: May 23, 2017 - On-Demand Available
Master Program Number: 17EL-190 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine - Relationship Testing
Intended Audience: Physicians, Scientists, Technologists
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Robert Wenk, MD, Chairman, AABB Relationship Testing Accreditation Program Unit, Baltimore, MD
Moderator: Kelly Meyer, Webcast Specialist, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Speaker: Michelle Beckwith, BS, Vice President, Paternity Supervisor, PTC Laboratories, Columbia, MO

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define the legal and social meanings of the term incest.
  • Describe how incest cases come to the attention of RT labs.
  • Identify pretest complications of cases of incestuous paternity.
  • Describe the logic behind the calculations of an Incest Index.

Program Description

Relationship Testing (RT) laboratories mostly perform paternity tests, but the police or social workers suspect that a previous incestuous union produced the child. A lab may be asked to provide objective laboratory evidence of incest. A common complication is that the alleged father cannot be tested. RT labs should be able to perform “fatherless” paternity tests and provide an “Incest Index”, which demonstrates characteristic genotypes in a child of incest. This program describes those genotypes and the calculations used in the Incest Index.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4036-190
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8036-190