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by | 11th, August 2005

‘“HE’S got his father’s red hair,” says the newspaper on seeing photos of young Prince Harry. “Nonsense!” says another. “It’s those proud ears that display his Royal heritage.”

‘I have nothing to declare but my ID card’

And so the debate goes on. And it’s the kind of conversation many more men and women could be having today as they read the Telegraph’s front-page story: “1 in 25 men in dark as they raise other’s children.”

A report by the centre for public health at Liverpool’s John Moores University says a rise in genetic testing for diseases in families suggests that many men are being duped into raising another’s child.

Professor Mark Bellis, one of the study’s authors, says that “advances in genetics mean that there is now more pressure for a child to know who his or her biological parents are.”

While this is good news for the likes of TV’s Trisha, whose show focuses on warring parents and uses DNA checks to see which chav is little Bianca’s real dada, it’s not so great for the people involved.

As the report, published in the prosaic Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, says, the realisation that the child a father’s been raising as their own was sired by another man “can have substantial health consequences”.

“Such knowledge can also destroy families, affecting the health

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