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Graduates set up paternity clinic
The North West is to get its first walk-in clinic for paternity testing.

The private service is being set up by two graduates from John Moores University in Liverpool.

Nichola Lawton and Kellie McLoughlin say their clinic will offer "greater peace of mind" as clients will be able to see where the tests are done.

The project is part of the university's Student Enterprise scheme and will offer face-to-face counselling in addition to DNA tests.

About 200,000 paternity tests are carried out in the UK every year, according to John Moores University.

The majority of samples taken use DIY-testing kits which are then posted overseas to clinics in the US.

Ms McLoughlin said their venture would be quick, private and accurate.

The walk-in clinic is expected to open in February.

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