Many of you are probably aware that the American Society for Human Genetics Conference (ASHG) is happening this week in Washington, DC. It’s an event that brings together over 5000 delegates from all areas of genetic research and is well known for encouraging and integrating research, scholarship and education in all areas of human genetics. It has become one of DNA Genotek’s favorite annual events. This year, we have organized so many events at the ASHG conference that I thought we’d summarize everything here in The Genetic Link.
DNA Genotek is well known for having the best t-shirts at ASHG each year. The shirts have evolved from our original “Spit Happens” to “The Oragene of the Species” to this year’s new version simply titled “Spit” (although, if you look closely, you can see it is far from simple). Each year, these t-shirts are sought after by ASHG attendees as a must-have item. In exchange for completing a simple survey, conference delegates are given one of our shirts as a thank you for their time. We love seeing people wearing them on the conference floor and we’ll be watching for them again this year.
This year, we are particularly proud to host an ancillary session with Michael Dean, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute . Dr. Dean will speak about his on-going pediatric cancer research projects in developing countries, the advantages of collecting saliva with Oragene in Guatemala, and the results from the collection of over 600 samples in a year. Dr. Dean will also talk about a gene implicated in acute leukemia by St Jude's scientists in the US and validation of the finding through his research in Guatemala. In addition, Dr. Dean will present the amazing story of Eduardo, a 7 year old orphan, his teacher Nancy, the threat of retinoblastoma, and a happy ending. He will also tell you about the heros in the pediatric cancer hospital in Guatemala and their quest to cure children with cancer. This session will be held on Thursday, November 4th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register for this session.
Special offer for ASHG attendees
DNA Genotek is also making a special offer for attendees at ASHG who come by our booth. If you come by and pick up a ‘customer appreciation coupon’, you will be eligible for the following special promotion:
On orders for 100 or more of the Oragene self-collection kit (OG-500) kit received by December 10, 2010, you can choose either free shipping or 5 free kits for each 100 kits ordered (to a maximum of 500 free kits). And, you’ll also receive a free t-shirt with every order under this promotion. Some conditions apply.
DNA Genotek is also presenting two scientific poster sessions this year:
Evaluation of the performance of gDNA from saliva collected with Oragene•DNA for the purpose of CNV analysis on the Agilent Human Genome CGH Array 244A
Presented By: Rafal Iwasiow, PhD., Product Development Manager, DNA Genotek
Poster Board Number: 1816 Presentation Time: Thursday, November 4th - 6:00PM-7:00PM
Evaluation of the performance of genomic DNA from saliva collected with Oragene•DNA for the purpose of SNP discovery on various Illumina technologies
Presented By: Mike Tayeb, Technical Support Specialist, DNA Genotek
Poster Board Number: 1937 Presentation Time: Friday, November 5th - 10:30AM-11:30AM
And that’s not all. With increasing use of our products in the research community, we have great representation from customers that are presenting posters this year. A total of 14 Oragene customers are presenting scientific posters highlighting the work they have done with our products. It makes everyone at DNA Genotek proud to see the great work our customers are doing with our products. Here’s the full list of customer sessions that highlight the use of Oragene:
Evidence of genetic linkage of the Class III Malocclusion phenotype with human chromosome 7 in 35 South American families
Poster Board Number: 975, Presentation Time: Wed, Nov. 3rd - 5:00PM-6:00PM
Can informed decision making be measured in population carrier screening for fragile X syndrome?
Poster Board Number: 1647, Presentation Time: Wed, Nov. 3rd - 5:00PM-6:00PM
Genetic Mapping of Hereditary Vitreoretinopathy in a Three-Generation Family
Poster Board Number: 2169, Presentation Time: Wed, Nov. 3rd - 5:00PM-6:00PM
Identification of a novel locus on Chromosome 11 in a large family with IMAGe Syndrome
Poster Board Number: 2155, Presentation Time: Wed, Nov. 3rd - 5:00PM-6:00PM
CYP1B1 Sequence Variations in a Cohort of Patients with Sturge-Weber syndrome from the U.S
Poster Board Number: 1744, Presentation Time: Wed, Nov. 3rd - 6:00PM-7:00PM
Association analysis of the Class-II Division-2 (CIID2) malocclusion with RUNX2, RUNX3, PAX9, MSX1 and AXIN2.
Poster Board Number: 815, Presentation Time: Thurs, Nov. 4th - 5:00PM-6:00PM
Discordant monochorionic diamniotic twins carrying a mosaic NF1 mutation.
Poster Board Number: 2369, Presentation Time: Thurs, Nov. 4th - 5:00PM-6:00PM
The Thule Migration: Genetic Perspectives from the North Alaskan Slope.
Poster Board Number: 1456, Presentation Time: Thurs, Nov. 4th - 6:00PM-7:00PM
Multiplexed, single-assay validation of whole genome microarray copy number data.
Poster Board Number: 1812, Presentation Time: Thurs, Nov. 4th - 6:00PM-7:00PM
Integrating Personal Genome Testing with SNP array into standard Genetic Practice - a model from an Executive Health Clinic in Canada.
Poster Board Number: 1985, Presentation Time: Fri, Nov. 5th - 10:30AM-11:30AM
Genetic and Non-Genetic Risk Estimation in the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative.
Poster Board Number: 3057, Presentation Time Fri, Nov. 5th - 10:30AM-11:30AM
Evidence that early growth influences adiposity at age 9-13 years and is mediated by epigenetic regulation of gene expression
Poster Board Number: 1350, Presentation Time: Fri, Nov. 5th - 11:30AM-12:30PM
Excess Germline Copy Number Variations Detected in Familial Pancreatic Cancer.
Poster Board Number: 552, Presentation Time: Fri, Nov. 5th - 11:30AM-12:30PM
Implementation of Direct-to-Patient (DTP) testing for Fabry disease in a large population of adults with unexplained left-ventricular hypertrophy.
Poster Board Number: 391, Presentation Time: Fri, Nov. 5th - 5:30PM-5:45PM
As you can see, we have a lot happening at the ASHG conference this year. If you’re lucky enough to be attending ASHG, be sure to check out all these great sessions and come by and see us at booth #’s 1110 and 1108 in the exhibit hall. You’ll see what’s new with DNA Genotek, pick up your customer appreciation coupon, and if you fill out our brief survey, you can get your new t-shirt. We look forward to seeing you there!