Since the launch of The Genetic Link blog back in 2009, we’ve shared dozens of stories from the field highlighting remote DNA collections, innovative approaches to research, and unique event-based collections. Each of these stories was based on a research team searching for the gene or genes responsible for a particular disease or health condition. The story in this article is unique in that it highlights a project that is hoping to attract individuals who are willing to share their personal genome, health information and trait data for a broader application. The goal is to advance scientific progress by inviting willing participants to share their personal genetic data for the greater good.
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In a recent article on The Genetic Link, we talked about our quality and regulatory process and the benefits this brings to our customers. Today, I am focusing on the work we do behind the scenes to make sure our products can be used by researchers around the world.
The author of this article, Lisa Gamwell, is a Sales Development Analyst at DNA Genotek.
Over the past few months, we’ve been posting a series of blog articles on the topic of genetics and mental health. This month, we have an exciting story to share with you on the growing role of genetics in understanding a range of psychiatric disorders from an institution that is breaking new ground in this important research area.
DNA Genotek is proud to provide a high level of service and support to our customers. We know that our success as a company is tightly integrated with the success of our customers and we are committed to providing access to a team of skilled scientists and creative resources to optimize genetic projects from sample collection through to downstream processing.
While reading a recent publication in the American Journal of Human Genetics Part B entitled DISC1 in Adult ADHD Patients: An Association Study in Two European Samples , I was immediately intrigued by the first sentence of the abstract: “The DISC1 gene was named after its discovery in a Scottish pedigree with schizophrenia (SCZ) patients.”  This inspired me to do a little background reading regarding the discovery of the DISC1 gene and, as it turns out, it’s a pretty interesting story. Therefore, for the third blog in our Genetics and Mental Health Series, I would like to tell you how this curious gene came to be associated with ADHD.
Last month we posted our first blog article in the Genetics and Mental Health Series. We discussed incorporating genetic analysis into research programs to uncover differences in traits and diseases, or to potentially improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients. This month we would like to expand on that idea by exploring how our traits and personality characteristics are controlled by two things: our environment and our genetics. A person’s genes and their environment interact to affect their mental health and behaviour, and this interaction, referred to aptly as the gene-by-environment interaction, is a very interesting, if challenging, area of research.
The author of this article, Nicholas Ramdass, is a Sales Manager at DNA Genotek Inc.
Oragene is truly a DNA collection device that has a global impact. Currently, Oragene is used for the non-invasive self-collection of DNA from saliva in more than one hundred countries and on six continents. As a salesperson at DNA Genotek, I have the privilege of working with some of the world’s leading researchers who are studying every aspect of genetics from mental illness to cancer, and from chronic health issues to the very rarest of diseases. My favorite part of my job has always been helping researchers find solutions for projects with complex collection logistics, especially those that transcend international boundaries.
We are very excited to tell you about a new award from DNA Genotek. Today, we introduced the GenoFIND Genomic Services Award, which is designed to facilitate analysis of nucleic acid samples. The award will accelerate genetic discoveries by providing $10,000 US in GenoFIND services to the selected winner. GenoFIND is a compilation of commercially available genomic services that include: nucleic acid extraction, SNP genotyping, PCR-based assays, whole genome and targeted sequencing, array-based SNP and expression profiling, custom assay development and bioinformatic analysis.
The BMC Medical Genomics Journal recently published the results of a study titled “Saliva samples are a viable alternative to blood samples as a source of DNA for high throughput genotyping”. The study examined the feasibility of collecting DNA from saliva as a non-invasive, economical substitute to DNA from blood samples for use on genome-wide arrays. The two arrays used for the study were the Applied Biosystems Taqman™ and Illumina BeadChip arrays.