There are few subjects that have received as much coverage in the genetics space in recent months as precision medicine. The conversation about precision medicine began many years ago but the recent launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States and similar projects in many other countries around the world has brought this topic to the main stream. There remain many questions about the implementation of precision medicine with people looking to doctors and clinicians as the first and most obvious choice as the point of contact for patients. However, one group in British Columbia, Canada is looking to local community pharmacists to bring precision medicine closer to those who can benefit most.Read More
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Wow, what an interesting year 2015 has turned out to be. As it comes to a close, I find myself thinking about all the incredible advancements I've seen over the course of my almost 12 years leading DNA Genotek. Narrowing down this year’s list of great accomplishments was quite a challenge. With significant input from the DNA Genotek team and, after much deliberation; the following are the 10 things I will remember most about 2015.Read More
You may be aware that samples collected with DNA Genotek kits and reagents can be shipped and stored at ambient temperature. However, you may not have considered the many benefits afforded by this ability. Not requiring dry ice, cold packs, or freezers can allow you to increase the scope of your study with less cost and logistical complexity. Precious biological samples are also protected from damage caused by shipping delays or power failures. In short, the improved efficiencies ambient protection provides will enable you to accomplish more with your valuable research budgets.Read More
The remarkable growth in the number of centenarians (people aged ≥ 100) has garnered significant attention over the past 20 or so years. Centenarians have been found to exhibit marked delays in functional decline and age-related lethal diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Recently, an even more extreme group, supercentenarians, or people aged 110 and older, has begun to yield sufficient numbers to warrant study. Supercentenarians are living proof that reaching a ripe old age doesn't necessarily mean that you can no longer take care of yourself. Consequently, the interest in genetic studies of these super centenarians is growing.
It’s that time of year again when I reflect on the past year and highlight DNA Genotek’s top ten list for 2011. This is now the third installment of my annual top ten list series and each year, I am surprised at how difficult it is to keep this list to just ten items. I easily come up with 20 to 30 topics that could be on this list and struggle to choose those most deserving of a mention. This year, there were many significant events for DNA Genotek. After much deliberation, here is my top ten list for 2011, in no particular order.
As I mentioned in the first article I wrote a few weeks ago, I work in an HLA (human leukocyte antigen) laboratory. In the first article, I talked about what HLA typing is and how it works for transplantation (particularly for leukemia patients). I promised to follow-up with details on how Oragene fits in the HLA typing market.
For any type of genetic analysis (e.g. population studies, clinical genetic testing, paternity testing, pharmacogenomic testing), non-invasive and easy-to-use sample collection techniques are preferred because they increase compliance rates and reduce costs. Oragene•DNA is a DNA self-collection kit that is completely non-invasive, intuitive to use, and stabilizes DNA at elevated temperatures which facilitates transport and storage by eliminating the need for refrigeration.
At DNA Genotek, we recently learned the details of study being conducted by Generation Scotland called The Scottish Family Health Study. We wanted to share some of this information with you here on The Genetic Link.
If you’re a regular reader of The Genetic Link, you’re familiar with our on-site DNA collections at events like Spit for the Cure, the National Epilepsy Walk, championship dog shows, international music festivals and more. Oragene is ideal for collecting at both indoor and outdoor events because it is non-invasive, stable at ambient temperature and easy to use by anyone.
The number of clinical trial and epidemiological studies collecting genomic DNA from a large number of individuals is increasing rapidly. There are many options for obtaining these biospecimens including blood collection, saliva collection, tissue and more. Yet, recruitment is perhaps the most challenging part of any scientific research study. Potential study participants are often reluctant to participate because they are needle phobic, do not want to travel to a specific location to participate in the collection process or are otherwise inconvenienced by the study criteria. Problems with recruitment can disrupt the timetable for a research project, preoccupy staff and, ultimately, result in a trial being abandoned (Ashery & McAuliffe, 1992).