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DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2018

Posted by Brian Smith on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 13:01 PM

Every year since 2009 we’ve picked our top 10 list for the year. People often ask, what does it take to get on this list? It’s a reasonable question — some of our previous picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the cusp of becoming widely adopted. What we’re really highlighting is something that we think has the potential to have either a long term or profound effect on our lives. We aren’t always right but we find it interesting to reflect on the previous year and highlight our top 10 items.

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Tags: DNA saliva cost, gut microbiome research, OMNIgene, Oragene, human genomics, personalized medicine

Exciting discoveries from Spit for Science & a sneak-peak at Spit for Science II

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 13:01 PM

Russell Schachar, MD, FRCP(C), gave an engaging and inspiring talk at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) conference this year titled: ADHD and OCD genetics: Populations, endophenotypes and quantitative traits. 

The talk featured some of the exciting results gained from the large-scale Spit for Science project. Partnered with the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada, the Spit for Science project was initiated to accelerate discovery and further understanding of the nature of neurodevelopmental disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), in children. These types of disorders continue throughout life and can be extremely impairing.

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Tags: DNA saliva, Oragene DNA

Reproductive health and genetic testing: What sample types work best?

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 13:12 PM

In this blog, we want to discuss the various genetic testing options available with respect to fertility and reproductive health; highlighting the sample collection methods often used to collect DNA. Genetic screening can be used to determine whether a person and/or their partner can successfully conceive a child or whether their infant is at risk to develop certain genetically-based conditions. Genetic risk factors can be passed through the DNA of either one or both parents during conception, and genetic screening helps identify abnormalities in the DNA or chromosomes that may be linked to unwanted health conditions.1 Genetic testing for fertility and reproductive health is being offered by a growing number of commercial companies and can be summarized into four main categories:

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Tags: human genomics, Oragene RNA, ORAcollect, DNA saliva, carrier screening

3 trends within high-impact genomics you may not know about

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 13:11 PM

Our knowledge of science is constantly changing and improving as new discoveries drive us forward in the modern world. Genomics is no exception. We witness these trends all around us either within the publications we read about new studies, in the news, or perhaps even through blogs such as this one.  For example, I recently attended the American Society of Human Genetics conference in San Diego where I picked up a copy of Cell Press’s Trends Limited Edition High-Impact Genomics, Vol. 3 (link to document) which highlights particularly impactful genomics reviews. It captured my interest and I wanted to share a few highlights with you.

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Tags: human genomics, DNA saliva

Science and Social Media: Harnessing the power of global conversation

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 14:10 PM

Every second over 8000 tweets are sent out on Twitter1 and, in the United States, 90% of adolescents and 65% of adults use some form of social media to curate, share and/or communicate information.2 The rise of social media has transformed how scientists conduct research, communicate findings, and aggregate information. In this issue of The Genetic Link, we explore how science is harnessing social media, where it is being best-used and what this means for you.

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Tags: genomics

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

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