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June 14, 1985

Guidelines for Reporting Estimates of Probability of Paternity

Author Affiliations

From the Council on Scientific Affairs, Division of Drugs and Technology, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1985;253(22):3298. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350460098031

THE AMERICAN Medical Association's (AMA) Committee on Transfusion and Transplantation and the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section on Family Law, Committee on Standards for the Judicial Use of Scientific Evidence, formed a joint committee in 1971 to study the implications of scientific advances in blood typing for paternity testing. This effort culminated in the publication of Joint AMA-ABA Guidelines: Present Status of Serological Testing in Problems of Disputed Parentage, which appeared in Family Law Quarterly (1976;10:247-285). The principal authors of this report were J. B. Miale, MD; E. R. Jennings, MD; W. A. H. Rettberg, MD; K. W. Sell, MD; and H. D. Krause. One recommendation of the report was that the "AMA and ABA establish procedures to monitor medical and legal developments in their field to facilitate continuing revision and updating of this report as may at any time appear necessary."

In May 1982, under a grant from the