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TISMOO: Ground-breaking science for personalized medicine

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

Personalized medicine, also referred to as genomic medicine or precision medicine, is defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute is an approach to healthcare that emphasizes the role an “individual’s genetic profile has in guiding decisions on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.”

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Tags: Oragene, ORAcollect, DNA saliva, DNA collection, DNA research

Losing weight – do your genes play a role?

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

With Summer and the promise of warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start putting away our winter coats and unpack our summer apparel. If you’re like me, you’re wondering if you still fit into last year’s summer outfits and, even more dreadful, if work is required to shed that unwanted winter weight. On the cusp of a new diet and exercise regime, I started wondering just how big of a role my genes play in weight loss. As it turns out, I’m not alone in this pondering. With the complicated interaction of genes, lifestyle, and environmental factors influencing weight, in addition to an increased microscope on the social and economic factors influencing health and wellness, it is not surprising that the genetics of weight loss is a hot research topic.

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Tags: DNA saliva, genetics, genetic research

The SPARK project – Fueling the fire on autism research

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2012 that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) [1]. The prevalence of ASD has increased significantly over the past two decades and, while this may be attributed to better diagnostics and an increased awareness, it means we simply do not know enough about the cause(s) of autism and how to best improve the lives of those people living with this condition. While there are some treatments available, such as behavioral therapy, there are no approved medications to treat the core symptoms of autism.

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Does marital disruption accelerate aging? An investigation into salivary telomere length, stress, and aging

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Mon, Mar 06, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

I came across a paper recently that combines two research areas that I find extremely interesting: the use of salivary telomere length (TL) as a biomarker to predict biological age, and the psychological and physiological effects of negative stress on health and longevity. The paper, titled Marital disruption is associated with shorter salivary telomere length in a probability sample of older adults by Mark Whisman et al. (2016), explores the hypothesis that marital disruption accelerates cellular aging as characterized by salivary TL. This exciting paper explores the themes of salivary telomere utility in study design, as well as the long-term consequences of stressful life events.[1]

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Tags: DNA saliva, DNA research, telomere

10 must-ask questions to help personal genomics companies get ahead

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Personal genomics is a branch of human genomics focused on sequencing and analyzing the unique genome of an individual to help determine optimal healthcare decisions… at least that is where it began.  Today, there are companies adopting personal genomics to provide individuals with information on a range of topics from ancestry, diet, athletic training and even optimized wine selection.

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Tags: DNA saliva, personalized medicine, precision medicine, genetics, personal genomics

8 facts most people don’t know about DNA from saliva

Posted by Scott Rabuka on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Since the launch of this blog, The Genetic Link, in 2009, we have published numerous articles, interviews, technical information and infographics to share what we know about DNA from saliva. Saliva is the human body’s most accessible bio-fluid but, after 7 years, we continue to be surprised at how often we hear wrong perceptions about this robust and easy to access sample type.  It’s time to set the record straight on DNA from saliva once and for all. Are you ready? Here are 8 facts about DNA from saliva that most people don’t know.

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Tags: DNA saliva, DNA collection, DNA kit, Oragene, DNA in saliva, genomics, personalized medicine, genetic testing

Patients, doctors and scientists collaborate on genetic research study for metastatic breast cancer

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:10 AM

At DNA Genotek, we are continually being introduced to new and exciting research projects through the innovative work of our customers. I recently came across a particularly interesting study which is known as one of the largest metastatic breast cancer studies to date. The study, led by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, is called the Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Project. This project caught my attention because of their unique approach to patient recruitment and engagement which is garnering media coverage across the country.

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Tags: DNA saliva, genetic research, sequencing

Spoiler for ASHG 2016

Posted by Debra Ereaut on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 15:10 PM

Our excitement is growing as we quickly approach the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting in Vancouver, Canada from Oct 18th – 22nd. With so many events scheduled, we understand the importance of early planning to get the most from attending the conference. This blog article highlights our events – and we hope you add one or many of them to your ASHG agenda.

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Tags: Oragene, OMNIgene, DNA saliva, gut microbiome, ASHG

Community pharmacists play a leading role in precision medicine research project

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

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. 

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Tags: DNA, precision medicine, personalized medicine, personalized medicine test, DNA saliva, Oragene

DNA from saliva helps identify remains of ancient king

Posted by Shauna White on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

bigstock-Richard-III-of-England-----24462707.jpgA year or so ago, Nature Communications published an article that highlighted how researchers in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester successfully used DNA from saliva to help identify the remains of King Richard III and solved a 500 year old mystery[1]. The story behind the recovery of the remains and their subsequent identification as those of the missing king is an interesting one that combines ancient DNA analysis with modern DNA from saliva.

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Tags: DNA saliva, genetic research, DNA day

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