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The top ten most studied human genes of all time

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 13:08 PM

With the importance of human genomic research, the rise in popularity of precision medicine, as well as the inclusion of a genetic component in many interdisciplinary studies, it is clear that genetics is incredibly valuable. But - are some genes more interesting and, therefore, studied more often than others?

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Tags: genetic research

Obesity, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Italian Youth

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very serious and life-threatening condition. Hypertension (HT) is a significant risk factor contributing to CVD, and also one that may be detected early and controlled; thus, reducing CVD-mediated mortality and morbidity. Recently, the growing trend of adolescent obesity has predisposed youth to both HT and CVD, and has become a serious health concern within the population. Obesity appears to have both genetic and environmental/nutritional factors, and given the risk to health, merits dedicated research to understand and, hopefully, combat it.

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

6 genetic innovations that can improve human health (part 1 of 2)

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 13:04 PM

World Health Day (April 7th) falls within this month, and to celebrate we thought it would be fun to countdown the top 6 genetic innovations that we feel have the potential to improve human health in a two-part series. For everyone directly involved in the field of science, novel discoveries are the norm. Researchers continue to build on previous discoveries, pushing the boundaries of our known world further every day. It is refreshing to take a step back and realize how profound some of these discoveries truly are. Only a generation ago the genetic realities of today were the incredible stories found within the pages of sci-fi comic books! Not anymore. Here are our first 3:

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Tags: Saliva in DNA, genetic research, Oragene DNA, OMNIgene

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

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

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

Interview with Richard Lumb, Founder and CEO of Front Line Genomics

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Front Line Genomics is a new company with a mission to help bring the benefits of genomics to patients faster. DNA Genotek interviewed Richard Lumb, CEO of Front Line Genomics about the company, its social mission and their upcoming Festival of Genomics in Boston.

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Tags: genetic research, genetic testing, genomics

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, microarray, sequencing, genetic research

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 Helping Hands Program supports rare disease research

Posted by Cindy MacCullough on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

The DNA Genotek Helping Hands Program is designed to assist organizations that are innovators in disease research, disease prevention and treatment. The goal of the program is to help accelerate research and to advance the fight against disease across the globe.

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Tags: DNA from saliva, genetics, genetic research, rare disease

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