DNA can solve all sorts of mysteries, including the sometimes thorny question of paternity.
A lie about children’s paternity back in 1700 means tens of thousands of South Africans today are using the wrong surname.
Men’s level of involvement in parenting is often tied to social norms about monogamy.
DNA evidence from the Himba society in Namibia overturns ideas about genetic paternity, and about what it means to be a father.
What are the rules that make a man a father?
Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data.
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Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don’t live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
It’s about more than gender dynamics: Do social institutions get in the way of dads being dads?
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Why is it all about mom? Fathers want to be more involved in their children’s lives, but are limited by public policy and social institutions. This is a bad deal for dads, kids and moms alike.
Paternity doubts are a source of gossip and emotional trauma – with a man, woman and child caught in between.
How often is a person’s biological father someone other than the man they call dad? Paternity doubts are a source of gossip, on the one hand, and emotional trauma, on the other. But our assumptions about…
Is that you, dad? SBS documentary questions oft-quoted figures on dads who are not the real father of their children.
How confident are you that the man you call dad is really your biological father? If you believe some of the most commonly-quoted figures, you could be forgiven for not being very confident at all. But…