Boots the Chemist has recently started selling an over-thecounter paternity test called ‘Assuredna’. Boots estimates that one in 25 children are of “uncertain paternity”, and that many parents and children find “peace of mind” in undertaking DNA tests. The test requires samples from the mother, father and child to be sent to a laboratory for processing, together with a copy of identification for each participant. Although previously sold over the internet, the increased availability of such tests accentuates several legal and ethical concerns, including the issue of consent, especially in relation to children, storage of samples by the laboratory after processing, and information-sharing of DNA data by the laboratory.