deCODE genetics chairperson Kári Stefánsson said that less than 1% of children don’t know who their fathers are because women are good at keeping track of their sexual partners.
The topic came up in an interview on TV station Hringbraut last week, where Kári disputed research published in The Icelandic Geneology Society’s journal. The study claimed that 10-15% of children did not know who their real fathers were.
Kári pointed to a study that his own company had conducted with a sample of 150,000 Icelanders over two to three generations that showed significantly lower figures.
“These numbers that come from sociological surveys don’t hold up to scrutiny,” he said. “The fact is that less than 1% of people don’t know who their father is, which suggests that Icelandic women keep good records.”
Kári last made headlines with the Grapevine for trying to coerce novelist Dave Eggers to donate his DNA, and for being too much of a philistine to run as president.