Refers to all of the genetic-based information available to an individual. Each individual inherited half of their genetic information from their mother and half from their father. When a mother, child, and alleged father is tested for DNA paternity, we can determine half of the genetic information inherited by the child from his mother. The other half should come from the biological father. When the DNA pattern of the child's and that of the alleged father is compared, possible paternity will then be affirmed or negated.