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DNA tests identify Toronto man as relative of John Diefenbaker

A Toronto man who believes he is the son of John Diefenbaker now has a persuasive piece of evidence to prove he is correct – in the form of a Q-Tip.

DNA evidence extracted from the discarded Q-Tip shows George Dryden is related to the late Prime Minister’s family, Macleans.ca reports.

The magazine says on August 28, Dryden received results from a DNA lab which compared his genetic profile to an unidentified male in Diefenbaker’s extended family, living in southern Ontario.

The Toronto-based analysis firm found genetic overlap between Dryden, 43, and Diefenbaker, pointing to a common ancestry.

For years, Dryden has been trying to obtain a definitive test that he is the son of the 13th Prime Minister, who died in 1979. Previous tests taken from cells on items belonging to Diefenbaker came back inconclusive.

The late PM’s relatives turned down his request for a DNA test, resulting in him hiring the investigative firm to look into the case, known as the “Diefenbaby.” It was the firm which found the Q-Tip.

“They bagged it, sealed it, took it directly to the DNA lab where they did the tests, which confirms that I am definitely related to that family,” Dryden told 1310News.

The results do not prove the father-son relationship, but the findings move the caseĀ  forward for the first time and Dryden says that’s all he needs to know.

“There’s no other logical reason why I am related to the Diefenbaker family,” he said.

Dryden began looking into his paternal roots a year and a half ago, after hearing evidence to believe his mother had an affair with Diefenbaker in the late 1960’s.

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