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Verifying paternity in New York is now as simple as a trip to the drug store.
Duane Reade has started selling $29.99 DNA kits made by lab Identigene - marking the first time in New York State that the tests are available at retail outlets.
The tests will be administered at the pharmacy chain's walk-in clinics for a total cost of about $300 when lab fees and other charges are added.
Identigene says that's still far cheaper than going to a private lab.
Some Duane Reade customers applauded the addition of the paternity test to the product lineup; others blushed.
"It sounds like a Maury Povich show," said Murray Hill resident Michael Kalsow, 30, who was shopping at a Duane Reade on E. 34th St. in Manhattan. "I'd be worried about privacy in a place like Duane Reade. The whole neighborhood shops here."
Kalsow, an IT manager, doesn't have any children. "Not that I know of. Maybe I'll come back and find out," he quipped.
State law requires paternity tests in New York to be given only to buyers with authorization from a doctor or lawyer, and witnessed by "disinterested" third parties. Workers in the Duane Reade clinics will serve as witnesses.
"Anything convenient seems like a good idea these days," said Midtown West resident Abigail Beekham, 29. "Because this is New York, I expect a hassle, no matter what the thing is," the project manager said. "If it's easier, it's a no-brainer."