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

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

Customer feedback means action

Posted by Brian Smith on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

It is a new year and we are excited to share what changes we made as a result of your feedback in 2015. Your suggestions kept us busy, so let us take a few moments to present several highlights.

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Tags: DNA saliva, microbiome, Oragene, genomic services, OMNIgene, GenoFIND, gut microbiome

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2015

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

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.

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Tags: DNA, DNA saliva, microbiome, Oragene, OMNIgene, GenoFIND

Customer updates - survey says?

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

Once again, it is time for our Customer Satisfaction Survey blog updates. To quickly recap, if you are new to our Customer Satisfaction Surveys, we send very brief post-purchase surveys (3 questions) to capture your suggestions and overall experience with us. Through this blog, we then share updates on actions we are taking based on your feedback. To read the previous related blog articles, use these links: (Customer feedback- are we listening? And DNA Genotek’s latest changes based on your feedback)

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Tags: DNA saliva, Oragene, OMNIgene, gut microbiome

All about that base: applications of the fifth base of DNA

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 13:05 PM

Methylated cytosine, also known as “the fifth base of DNA” has attracted a lot of research attention lately due to its importance in controlling gene expression. This fifth base has inspired researchers to study its impact on several diverse fields, such as oncology, neurology, psychology, forensics and even workplace health and safety. Methylated cytosine has even been used as a predictor of biological age [1].In this blog post I’d like to share a few examples of the exciting ways this “extra” base is providing new avenues for research. 

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, methylation

Oragene enables a large-scale array-CGH and exome sequencing study

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

In the summer of 2011 we wrote about an exciting project out of the United Kingdom that selected Oragene collection kits for a study that aimed to unlock genetic changes behind development disorders. The Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study is a direct collaboration with all twenty-three of the NHS Clinical Genetics Services from across the UK together with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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Tags: DNA saliva, sequencing, genetic research, microarray

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 collection, DNA saliva, microbiome, genomic services

A quick guide to application compatibility for Oragene – PCR to NGS

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

In a recent article on The Genetic Link, we talked about going global and how our regulatory strategy helps support our customers who are conducting genetic research. Today, I am focusing on the work we do to ensure our products' compatibility with the technologies our genetic research and testing customers use in the field and in their labs.

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Tags: DNA saliva, next generation sequencing, NGS, microarray, exome sequencing

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 collection, DNA saliva, pharmacogenetic, DNA preparation

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