If you’re looking for funding for your research project using DNA in saliva, DNA Genotek’s Grant Program might be the solution. Today, DNA Genotek launched a new Grant Program designed to uncover new, innovative applications for our products. The Grant Program encompasses three primary areas of focus:
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It’s that time of year once again; time for one of the biggest conferences in human genetics (ICHG/ASHG) and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the meeting in Montreal, QC from October 11-15th. It’s one of our favorite annual events and as such, we’ve planned something special that we know you will like. In order to get the details of this special announcement, you’ll have to drop by our booth #1004 (or listen to it second hand because news like this is bound to travel fast).
At DNA Genotek, we recently learned the details of study being conducted by Wake Forest University. We wanted to share some of this information with you here on The Genetic Link. The Center for Cancer Genomics at Wake Forest University Health Sciences uses genomics to gain an understanding of the complex processes involved in the development and progression of various types of cancer, and to develop approaches to utilize this information for the prediction of cancer and personalized intervention. Dr. Xu is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Cancer Genomics at Wake Forest University. Dr. Xu is a well known genetic epidemiologist who specializes in genetic studies focused on prostate cancer. He has published about 200 papers on the genetics of cancer and other complex diseases in leading journals, including NEJM, Nature Genetics, and JNCI.
On June 22, 2011, Principal Investigator and professor of human genetics, pediatrics and urology at UCLA, Dr. Eric Vilain and his team of researchers revealed the results of their study titled “Epigenetic Predictor of Age”. In this study, the research team demonstrated that a person’s age could be reliably predicted from the DNA in saliva samples collected with Oragene using methylation patterns.
Today, DNA Genotek announced that our Oragene•DNA product has been selected by Genomind, LLC as the sample collection kit for the Genecept Mood™ Assay, a saliva-based psychiatric genetic test. The Genecept Mood™ Assay is a highly specialized personalized medicine genetic test that is designed to assist clinicians in determining if a patient has a specific genetic polymorphism that may be associated with a psychiatric condition. The test provides the clinician with information on specific patient genotypes. Such information may enable the physician to be more selective regarding medication choice and lessen the experimentation and guesswork often associated with determining appropriate medication.
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.
Do you like getting stuck by a needle when you give a sample of blood? Neither do I. It especially troubles me when I see one of my children have a blood draw. Now imagine that you’re a leukemia patient. Needles, needles everywhere! What if there was a way for you to get the testing that you need without the necessity of having another needle stick?
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.
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.
Genetic research into diseases and conditions that predominantly affect children has always been particularly challenging. Traditionally, when high quality and high quantity DNA is required for a research project (e.g. greater than several micrograms), blood has typically been the only option. Blood draws are painful for children, dreaded by parents and disliked by technicians who must collect from the frightened child. It is also much more difficult to draw blood from children than from adults, due to the relative size of their veins and their willingness to stay in a fixed position. Unlike adults, children often don't have the ability to reason with their fears. But when a lot of DNA is required, there have not been many options.