BELGRADE – Data of the Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Sarajevo and the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Banja Luka show that there is a large number of cases in which DNA analysis of samples confirmed men’s doubts about paternity, writes Serbian daily “Kurir”.

About hundred requests for paternity test are processed in Sarajevo per year, and among those who seek those tests are people from all status layers.

“There are ordinary workers, teachers, but also unemployed, famous and persons unknown to public, and everyone is guaranteed anonymity,” said Jasmina Hindija-Cakar, DNA analyst. During 2016, in Sarajevo Institute 50 requests for DNA analysis were processed and it was determined that every fifth man is not biological father of the child.

“We had quite distressing situations. It happened that people spent their entire life not knowing that they are not the real parent of their child,” said Hindija-Cakar. In the Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology even DNA samples of deceased persons is processed, again to determine paternity. This is usually in the cases of a dispute over inheritance of property of the deceased.

In Banja Luka Institute for Forensic Medicine results are even more interesting. Branka Zoric, DNA analyst, said that statistics show that every third analysis shows that the person who asked for it actually isn’t biological father of his child.

“We have cases when the analysis is requested by men 70 or 80 years old,” said Zoric.

Dealing with suspected cases of adultery in Bosnia and Herzegovina costs 127 euros per person, and if the analysis is requested by the father, mother and baby, price is 358 euros.

Some comfort for men in BiH is that they are not better nor worse that the regional average when it comes to sexual adventures with visible consequences. Statistics show that in Croatia also every fifth man actually isn’t the biological father of his child, and in Serbia this is the case in every third man who undergoes paternity check.