Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Richard Ottolini (stgprao@sugarland.unocal.COM)
13 Aug 1996 18:14:31 GMT

In article <4uponn$5vn$>,
John Savage <> wrote:
> (Lee Rudolph) writes:
>>In brief, Diamond's claims are that "between 5 and 30 percent of
>>American and British babies [have been] adulterously conceived",
>This was discussed on a recent episode of the ABC Science Show, but
>as so often happens, I'm afraid I paid less attention to the program
>than it rightly deserves. Anyway, I think the ballpark figure they used
>was that around 10% of children do not belong genetically to the man
>they believe to be their father.

I'd assume this might be the yield from tissue-typing for transplants
between relatives. Hopefully the hospitals would have the common sense
to just say the match isn't close enough rather than reveal the parentage.