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6 genetic innovations that can improve human health (part 1 of 2)

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 13:04 PM

World Health Day (April 7th) falls within this month, and to celebrate we thought it would be fun to countdown the top 6 genetic innovations that we feel have the potential to improve human health in a two-part series. For everyone directly involved in the field of science, novel discoveries are the norm. Researchers continue to build on previous discoveries, pushing the boundaries of our known world further every day. It is refreshing to take a step back and realize how profound some of these discoveries truly are. Only a generation ago the genetic realities of today were the incredible stories found within the pages of sci-fi comic books! Not anymore. Here are our first 3:

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Tags: genetic research, Oragene DNA, OMNIgene, Saliva in DNA

In Celebration of International Women’s Day: 8 Inspirational Female Scientists

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 08:03 AM

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In recognition, we are highlighting the extraordinary achievements of 8 female scientists who made significant contributions to the field of human genetics, and altered our view of the world forever. These women prove that with hard work, tenacity and good scientific method, anything is possible. We sincerely hope you are as inspired by this short list as we were: Enjoy.

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Tags: genetic testing, DNA research

Atlas Biomed: tackling personalized wellness with both genomics and microbiome

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

One of the things I like most about my job at DNA Genotek is the opportunity to speak with customers who are breaking new ground in the fields of genomics and microbiome. In the past 9 years, I’ve spoken with hundreds of customers and written blogs about dozens of them. I recently had a chance to speak with Sergey Musienko, CEO of Atlas Biomed. Atlas Biomed, based in the UK, is defining a new market by offering direct-to-consumer products for both genomic and microbiome analysis within the European market. I wanted to share the conversation I had with Sergey about how Atlas Biomed is defining this new market, the challenges he faces and what he is learning along the way.

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Tags: OMNIgene, microbiome collection, Saliva in DNA, personal genomics, Oragene RNA

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2017

Posted by Brian Smith on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 13:01 PM

I have to admit, coming up with the 9th edition of DNA Genotek's "Top 10 list" was much more difficult than I imagined it would be. There are so many great things that happened in the past year - in our company, with our customers, and in the fields of genetics, microbiome and infectious disease - but I think I've narrowed it down to those that are most significant. The list is by no means comprehensive, but these are the 10 things I'll remember most from 2017.

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Tags: whole genome sequencing, microbiome collection, gut microbiome, precision medicine, Saliva in DNA, RNA saliva

Could microRNA from saliva be a predictor of concussion symptoms in children?

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

The issue of concussions has attracted considerable media coverage in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 153 people in the United States die every day from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that include concussions. Those who survive can face effects that last a few days, or the rest of their lives. Effects of concussions can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). In 2013,[1] about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States.

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Tags: RNA, RNA saliva, miRNA, Oragene RNA

Top 5 considerations when selecting a saliva-based DNA collection method

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

The past decade of genetic advancements has proven DNA from saliva is reliable and effective for both research and diagnostics applications.  The benefits of collecting DNA from saliva are clear:

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA quality

Discovering the genetics behind Ebola viral disease resistance

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 14:10 PM

Phase I: DNA sample Collection

The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%, however rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks. The 2014–2016 outbreak in West Africa was the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history, spanning Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  The World Health Organization released a situation report in June 2016 that confirmed more than 28, 000 cases had been identified or suspected in these areas resulting in more than 11, 000 deaths.[1]

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA research, ebola genetics

TISMOO: Ground-breaking science for personalized medicine

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

Personalized medicine, also referred to as genomic medicine or precision medicine, is defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute is an approach to healthcare that emphasizes the role an “individual’s genetic profile has in guiding decisions on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.”

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA research, ORAcollect

How to execute large-scale DNA sample collection for genetic research - 10 essential considerations

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Genetic epidemiology, the study of how genetics contribute to health and disease in families and populations, seeks to derive a statistical analysis of how genetics works in large groups. It therefore requires enough DNA samples from a given population to reduce the effect of outliers and ultimately, determine objective truths.  

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, DNA research

Losing weight – do your genes play a role?

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

With Summer and the promise of warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start putting away our winter coats and unpack our summer apparel. If you’re like me, you’re wondering if you still fit into last year’s summer outfits and, even more dreadful, if work is required to shed that unwanted winter weight. On the cusp of a new diet and exercise regime, I started wondering just how big of a role my genes play in weight loss. As it turns out, I’m not alone in this pondering. With the complicated interaction of genes, lifestyle, and environmental factors influencing weight, in addition to an increased microscope on the social and economic factors influencing health and wellness, it is not surprising that the genetics of weight loss is a hot research topic.

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Tags: genetics, DNA saliva, genetic research

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