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Test DNA of migrant kids only as last resort, ethicists say

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Medical experts say the Trump administration's use of DNA testing to match migrant children separated from their parents is justifiable as a last resort but raises a host of ethical problems.

They include the risk of damaging the family fabric by revealing that an adult thought to be the biological parent really is not.

A federal judge in California on Tuesday said DNA testing should be limited to cases in which the parent-child relationship can't be established through documents such as birth certificates and passports.

The government has argued that DNA testing is faster than authenticating documents and protects children - especially the youngest - from being handed to someone who may not be their biological parent.

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