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Abstract

In 1966 Virginia enacted legislation, now section 20-61.2 of the Code of Virginia, providing for the admission into evidence of the results of blood tests in cases involving questions of paternity. In 1982, a second statute, section 20-61.1 of the Code of Virginia, was amended to permit the use of genetic blood grouping tests, including the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) test, as evidence of paternity in child support proceedings. With the enactment of these two statutes, Virginia has joined a growing number of states which recognize the accuracy and reliability of the HLA test in establishing paternity.

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