Do you like getting stuck by a needle when you give a sample of blood? Neither do I. It especially troubles me when I see one of my children have a blood draw. Now imagine that you’re a leukemia patient. Needles, needles everywhere! What if there was a way for you to get the testing that you need without the necessity of having another needle stick?
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You may be familiar with the hit reality TV show on the TLC network called 'The Little Couple'. This show features Bill Klein and Jen Arnold. Bill and Jen are just like your average newlyweds -- except for the fact that they're both under 4 feet tall. ‘The Little Couple’ is a new series for TLC that follows the couple as they embark on their new life together.
For the second year in a row, DNA Genotek collected DNA samples onsite at the National Walk for Epilepsy on March 27th, 2010 in Washington, DC. Our participation in this event supports the efforts of the Columbia University Family Studies in Epilepsy Program and their study which is designed to identify genes that play a role in causing epilepsy. While at the Epilepsy Walk, I had the opportunity to interview Janine Rose, Research Associate at Columbia University about their epilepsy research and how Oragene•DNA has helped their study. You can view the recorded interview here or read the transcript below.
Saliva is one of the most accessible of our body's bio-fluids making saliva sample collection easy and non-invasive. Saliva also harbours a wide spectrum of genetic data that can be used for genetic research and clinical diagnostic applications. It might surprise you to know that much confusion surrounds the source of genomic DNA in saliva. It certainly came as a surprise to me when I met with a number of customers on a recent trip across the continent.
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.
January is the most popular time of year for people to go on a diet or join a gym. Why? Because 'lose weight' is the most popular new year's resolution for both women and men and 'exercise more' follows close behind. So it's no big surprise that we're being bombarded with advertisements for weight loss programs, diet books, gym memberships and exercise equipment. But how many of these options offer a program that includes an analysis of DNA?
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.
Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, livestock industry, Oragene, genetic testing, genotyping, SNP, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, genomics, microarray, microsattelite
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.
Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, genetic disease, genetic testing, genotyping, Kaiser Permanente, DNA from animals, DNA dog kit, Genome wide association studies, genome mapping, GWAS, tropical disease
DNA Genotek recently announced that an international team of researchers used the Oragene product to investigate a genetic link to podoconiosis, a neglected tropical disease. Podoconiosis is a disease occurring in individuals exposed to red clay soil derived from volcanic rock in tropical Africa, Central America and Northwest India. Podoconiosis occurs in barefooted farmers and other occupational groups where exposure to volcanic soil is common. Characteristics of the disease include swelling of the foot and lower leg which progresses to elephantiasis, having a severe impact on mobility and quality of life for those affected. The photograph on the right shows a patient with an advanced case of the disease.