When scientists invented DNA testing, I’m not quite sure that this would be what they had imagine it would be used to. DNA fingerprinting is done by identification of genetic markers. Two residents in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are arguing over a buffalo that they both claim was sired by an animal from their herd. The dispute has gotten so heated that police were forced to intervene. Finally the two men came up with their solution which is to spend 10,000 rupees (approximately $220) on a DNA test to determine the paternity of the animal even though the value of the buffalo is only 4,000 rupees.

Village elders said that the cost of the test will be paid for by the man that it turns out is making the false claim on the animal. The DNA test will be conducted by the state’s animal husbandry department who were quick to add that while DNA testing has become much more common over the last few years in finding suspects in rape and murder suspects or settling paternity disputes, this is the first time that DNA testing has been used to determine the paternity of a buffalo within the state.

Villagers turn to DNA in buffalo battle (Reuters)

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