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

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 10:10 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 saliva, DNA collection, DNA quality, DNA Kits, Oragene

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

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 10:10 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 saliva, DNA collection, DNA research

The top ten most studied human genes of all time

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 13:08 PM

With the importance of human genomic research, the rise in popularity of precision medicine, as well as the inclusion of a genetic component in many interdisciplinary studies, it is clear that genetics is incredibly valuable. But - are some genes more interesting and, therefore, studied more often than others?

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Tags: genetic research

Q&A with Latin American personalized genetics company: Genomit SA (Zoigen)

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

Recently DNA Genotek had the pleasure of speaking with Matías Butti, one of the co-founders of an innovative genomic medicine company located in Argentina named genomIT SA (genomit.com.ar). genomIT SA has a strong and experienced scientific, machine learning & biotechnology team and offers a host of genetic tests under the Zoigen brand, many of which are of their own design. From our discussion, we learned how precision medicine is evolving in Latin America, the challenges the Zoigen brand has encountered while designing and implementing their products and services, as well as how Oragene saliva kits have simplified their collection process.

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Tags: DNA saliva, Oragene DNA, personalized medicine test

High quality libraries for human WGS with direct saliva Input

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

In the open discussion webinar hosted by Frontline Genomics, Joshua Burgess Ph.D., Manager Scientific Research, R&D at Illumina and Rafal Iwasiow, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D at DNA Genotek explain how the Nextera DNA Flex and Oragene DNA from saliva kits are complementary technologies shifting the paradigm by enabling direct saliva input in the creation of high-quality libraries for whole-genome sequencing (WGS).

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Tags: whole genome sequencing, Oragene DISCOVER, DNA saliva

Comparing minimally invasive sample collection techniques for large population-based telomere length studies

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Telomere length (TL) is a biomarker of age, longevity and age-related disease. If you are an avid follower of our blog, The Genetic Link, you’ll notice that we’ve posted about TL previously (you can find the links here and here), because we find this area of research fascinating.

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Tags: DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA collection, telomere

Obesity, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Italian Youth

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very serious and life-threatening condition. Hypertension (HT) is a significant risk factor contributing to CVD, and also one that may be detected early and controlled; thus, reducing CVD-mediated mortality and morbidity. Recently, the growing trend of adolescent obesity has predisposed youth to both HT and CVD, and has become a serious health concern within the population. Obesity appears to have both genetic and environmental/nutritional factors, and given the risk to health, merits dedicated research to understand and, hopefully, combat it.

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

The key to eliminating bias in genetic studies could be in our spit: expert panel discusson

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 14:05 PM

Are you questioning what sample-type to collect for your genetic research project? Are you considering saliva for DNA, RNA, or epigenetic analysis? What should you consider when making this selection and what challenges might you face? 

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Tags: DNA in saliva, personal genomics, DNA collection, telomere

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

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 14:04 PM

Here we continue our World Health Day top 6 innovations with the potential to improve human health countdown. If you missed part 1, you can find it here, where we kicked off our list with: (1) DNA Sequencing Technology; (2) Large Population-based Genetic Cohorts; and (3) DNA as a Storage Device. Prepare to be inspired as we continue with our final 3 topics below. Enjoy!

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Tags: personal genomics, DNA research, gut microbiome

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

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