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HLA typing, transplants and Oragene (part 1)

Posted by Michael Gautreaux on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 @ 15:11 PM

The Genetic Link welcomes guest blog authors. This guest submission is from Michael D. Gautreaux, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of General Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is currently the director of the HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory at Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center. We thank Dr. Gautreaux for his submission and welcome him as a guest author. I hope you enjoy this article.  

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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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, genetic testing, DNA in saliva, HLA

TLC’s “Little Couple” looks to DNA from saliva for genetic testing

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 @ 10:09 AM

Since launching in December of 2009, The Genetic Link has kept its readers informed of a variety of unique ways in which DNA from saliva (collected with Oragene) is being used for genetic research and testing. Every day, I hear amazing stories of how our customers are using our products in the research and clinical community. This past week, I heard a story that I wanted to share with you. I hope you enjoy it.

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.

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Tags: Oragene, genetics, genetic testing, DNA saliva

Collecting DNA with Saliva -- An Interview Columbia University

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 @ 10:04 AM

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.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, genetic testing, saliva DNA, DNA saliva, DNA sample, DNA in saliva, Oragene DNA

Rinse, Swab or Spit -- What's the Real Source of DNA in Saliva?

Posted by Brian Smith on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:03 AM

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.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA, genetic testing, DNA saliva, DNA kit, Biobank, genomics, saliva DNA, DNA saliva, HLA typing, personalized medicine test, DNA in saliva

Spotlight on DNA Genotek's Newest Partners

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Feb 04, 2010 @ 09:02 AM

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.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA from saliva, genetics, DNA, genetic testing, DNA saliva, DNA Kits, genotyping, genomics, saliva DNA

Lifestyle Management, Weight Loss and Genetics

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 @ 13:01 PM

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?

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, genetics, genetic testing, DNA saliva

Introducing Performagene•LIVESTOCK -- DNA Genotek's Newest Product

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

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.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, genetic testing, SNP, DNA kit, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, DNA Kits, genotyping, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, genomics, livestock industry, microarray, microsattelite

DNA Genotek's Top 10 List for 2009

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 14:01 PM

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.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA from animals, DNA, DNA testing, genetic testing, genetic disease, DNA saliva, DNA dog kit, DNA kit, Kaiser Permanente, DNA Kits, genotyping, tropical disease, Genome wide association studies, GWAS, genome mapping

Saliva-based DNA Collection Solves a Tropical Disease Mystery

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:12 AM

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.

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Tags: Oragene, DNA collection, DNA from saliva, DNA, genetic testing, genetic disease, DNA saliva, tropical disease

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