DNA firm that ran tests for Jeremy Kyle show opens new centre after demand booms

The DNA firm which carried out testing for the Jeremy Kyle Show has opened another walk-in centre after a boom in demand.

AlphaBiolabs provides a “one stop shop” for DNA, drug and alcohol testing for private individuals as well as businesses.

And several months on from ITV axing the Jeremy Kyle Show over the death of former guest Steve Dymond, people are flocking through its doors in search of answers.

It comes as demand for its prenatal test, which determines the paternity of a baby before it is born, has exploded by 376% in the last year.

A newly opened centre in Cardiff takes the number of its walk-ins across the UK to 11.

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Managing director David Thomas said: “We have a strong history of providing testing services to Wales-based customers and have seen a significant increase in demand over the last few years.

“We also recently won a place on the framework for DNA and drug and alcohol testing for local authorities in Wales, so we felt it was time to establish a permanent presence there to assist our loyal customer base more effectively.

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“The new clinic is a one-stop shop for our full range of analytical testing services, offering members of the public, local authorities and employers a convenient location to access these.”

He added companies are becoming more “proactive” in workplace alcohol and drug testing on employees and suppliers.

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Bosses at the firm say Wales is one of its fastest growing areas, with 26% of DNA tests carried out by the company in the principality.

Mr Thomas added: “As the only UK lab to provide prenatal paternity testing, and the fastest relationship DNA testing available, it makes sense to open the new clinic to support our Welsh customers.”

The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled by ITV in May 2019 days after Mr Dymond’s body was discovered in his Portsmouth home by his landlady.

He appeared on the programme to convince fiancée Jayne Callaghan he had not been unfaithful but failed a lie-detector test and they split up.

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