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Hunting for Cancer Genes with DNA from Saliva

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 @ 12:02 PM

Every day, it seems, scientists learn something new about how our genes work. One fascinating area of research involves understanding the role of our genes in the initiation, progression and treatment of diseases; such as cancer. Understanding cancer on a molecular and genetic level makes for good science and good medicine. We understand that all cancers are not created equally. From the moment you are conceived, your genes may increase your susceptibility to developing certain cancers or, later on, your environmental exposures or other factors may cause changes in your genes that cause cancer to develop. Cancer is not one disease, but many, adding to the complexity and breadth of studies.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA from saliva, genetics, DNA, genetic disease, DNA saliva, DNA Kits, cancer genetics, breast cancer, cancer research

Spotlight on DNA Genotek's Newest Partners

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Feb 04, 2010 @ 09:02 AM

In November of 2009, DNA Genotek announced their new global partner program. The program is designed to help partners scale and differentiate themselves in the genomics market. The DNA Genotek Partner Program is open to technology vendors as well as genomics and diagnostic service providers who have demonstrated capabilities in providing services for our sample collection products.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, genetics, DNA, genetic testing, DNA saliva, DNA Kits, genotyping, genomics, saliva DNA

Has DNA Collection Gone to the Dogs?

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

If you're a regular follower of DNA Genotek, you likely know that we are active participants in a variety of DNA collection events to support disease research. You might be familiar with our participation in Spit for the Cure breast cancer events or with our on-site collection at the National Walk for Epilepsy. But I'll bet you never imagined this type of DNA collection event would go to the dogs.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA from saliva, DNA from animals, DNA, DNA saliva, DNA dog kit, DNA Kits, Oragene Animal, canine DNA, canine cancer, animal dna

Live Report from the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego

Posted by Ellen MacLean on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 15:01 PM

After a day and a half at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), I'm more convinced than ever that Performagene•LIVESTOCK will expedite advances in livestock genetic science. We've had researchers from both livestock and crop applications come by our booth to ask about the Performagene•LIVESTOCK product and how they can use it in their studies. The most frequent comment we're hearing from attendees is that it is very difficult to get producers to comply with their research studies. This is often due to the high cost of having a veterinarian do a blood draw and the invasive nature of this type of collection.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, livestock industry

Introducing Performagene•LIVESTOCK -- DNA Genotek's Newest Product

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

At the 2010 Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, DNA Genotek officially launched our newest sample collection product called Performagene•LIVESTOCK. Performagene•LIVESTOCK, a simple and easy-to-use nasal collection device for cattle, sheep and swine, provides high quality and high quantity DNA that remains stable at ambient temperatures.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, genetic testing, SNP, DNA kit, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, DNA Kits, genotyping, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, genomics, livestock industry, microarray, microsattelite

DNA Genotek's Top 10 List for 2009

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 14:01 PM

I have to admit, coming up with DNA Genotek's "Top 10 list for 2009" was more difficult than I imagined it would be. There are so many great things that happened in the past year - in our company, with our customers, and in the field of genetics - but I think I've narrowed it down to those that are most significant.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA from animals, DNA, DNA testing, genetic testing, genetic disease, DNA saliva, DNA dog kit, DNA kit, Kaiser Permanente, DNA Kits, genotyping, tropical disease, Genome wide association studies, GWAS, genome mapping

Welcome to The Genetic Link

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Dec 08, 2009 @ 11:12 AM

Since the inception of DNA Genotek, we have been driven to enable significant worldwide health improvements and to create a loyal community of customers. In our early days, we learned from customers that DNA and RNA collection can be challenging. With an aim to facilitate easier collection, we worked closely with customers to solve these challenges with thoughtful product design and a focus on ease of sample collection. Our customers tell us we've done this successfully with our Oragene family of saliva-based DNA and RNA collection products.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, RNA collection, DNA from saliva, RNA from saliva, DNA from animals, genetics, DNA Kits

Eye Opening Opportunities for DNA Collection

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Dec 08, 2009 @ 10:12 AM

Earlier this year, one of our customers took advantage of a unique opportunity and turned it into a successful DNA collection event. Without advance planning, this customer was able to set up an impromptu DNA collection clinic, access volunteers who met the required profile for the research, and complete collection all in one day. Sound impossible? It's not if you're the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario and you have Oragene/saliva collection kits.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA testing, genetic disease, DNA kit, DNA Kits

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