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Do you know the biggest challenge in genetics?

Posted by Devin Hale on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Popular in the field of computer science, it implies that incorrect or low quality input will result in correspondingly poor output. The mere existence of a result is no guarantee of its quality or accuracy, as surely as cooking with the wrong ingredients will not produce your desired dish.

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Tags: DNA collection, infectious disease, microbial dna, genetic research, microbiome

DNA Genotek's latest changes based on your feedback

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Several months ago, I posted a blog highlighting how feedback from customers plays a key role in helping us identify opportunities to improve the products and services we offer. Our Customer Satisfaction Surveys are instrumental in capturing your feedback. Earlier this year, we sent our brief survey to our customers and since then have been spending time with our management, sales, product management and product development teams to analyze your feedback and determine what changes we can implement to make improvements.

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Tags: DNA saliva, DNA collection, microbiome, genomic services

Oragene facilitates pharmacogenetic study in Saudi Arabia

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 13:06 PM

We often profile customers who are working on particularly interesting genetic research projects on The Genetic Link, in the hope that it will benefit other customers. Dr. Nasir Ali Afsar MBBs, M.Phil, Ph.D. from the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University in Saudi Arabia is one such researcher with a project we thought was worth sharing. 

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Tags: DNA saliva, pharmacogenetic, DNA collection, DNA preparation

Large Cohort Study Shines Light on the Fragile X Syndrome Gray Area

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 14:04 PM

The author of this article, Lisa Gamwell, is a Sales Development Analyst at DNA Genotek.

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Tags: DNA from saliva, genetic testing, DNA collection, genetic research

Customer feedback – are we listening?

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

In this recent article, we took an in-depth look at DNA Genotek’s customer service and technical support to understand why our customers value it so much.  This week, we’re examining a slightly different angle on customer feedback to illustrate how much we value what you have to say.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, genomic services

A peek inside technical support and customer service at DNA Genotek

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

DNA Genotek is proud to provide a high level of service and support to our customers. We know that our success as a company is tightly integrated with the success of our customers and we are committed to providing access to a team of skilled scientists and creative resources to optimize genetic projects[1] from sample collection through to downstream processing.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetic testing, saliva DNA, genetic research, DNA preparation

Saliva DNA plays vital role in international clinical research studies run from Australia

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Dr. Janet Coller, Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, has an established track record in Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetic medical research within the health areas of cancer, drug dependence, cardiology and solid-organ transplantation. Her research includes work to identify how genetic variability impacts the therapeutic use of tamoxifen for breast cancer, identifying important genetic variants that determine successful treatment of opioid dependence with methadone, and research in the emerging field of immunogenetics.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, clinical genetics

A peek into what quality really means to DNA Genotek

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 13:09 PM

You’ve heard us say that our commitment to quality spans all aspects of our internal procedures from customer support to product development and manufacturing – but what does this really mean? Does a quality program really make an impact?

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, FDA

Telomeres & neighborhoods: the impact on children’s long term health

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Telomeres are an emerging area of genetic research with many new studies being published that highlight fascinating results. Telomeres reside at the end of each chromosome in our bodies. They have no genetic function and are simply stretches of DNA that protect the rest of the chromosome. However, these little bits of DNA, or telomeres, are critical to healthy cell function. They become shorter each time the cell divides. Telomere shortening means the cell’s lifespan is also decreasing. Recent research shows that decrease in telomere length plays an important role in human disease and mortality with many studies showing associations between shorter telomere length and various types of cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, cognitive function, dementia, and arthritis. On the flip side, long telomeres are related to healthy aging and overall longevity.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA saliva, telomere

Methodologies for the analysis of human exomes using DNA from saliva

Posted by Mike Tayeb on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Mike Tayeb is the Technical Support Manager at DNA Genotek Inc.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, DNA extraction, exome sequencing

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