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Saliva DNA Collection Provides Clues to Human Evolutionary History

Posted by Rachel Dvoskin, Ph.D. on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 @ 11:04 AM

The Genetic Link welcomes guest blog authors. Our first guest submission is from Rachel Dvoskin, Ph.D., with the University of Florida. We thank Rachel for her submission and welcome her as a guest author. I hope you enjoy this article.  

At the department of Anthropology and Genetics Institute at the University of Florida, we study genetic variation in modern human populations to answer diverse questions ranging from the route early humans took when they first migrated out of Africa to the underlying causes of racial differences in susceptibility to complex diseases. To explore these varied aspects of human evolutionary history, we spend a lot of time figuring out how to collect DNA from a large number of volunteers. With today's genetic technology, all that's necessary is to obtain a small blood or saliva sample from each of our participants -- a task relatively easy to do in concept but quite a bit more challenging in practice.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, saliva DNA, DNA from saliva, DNA in saliva, genotyping, genomics, DNA sample, Oragene DNA

DNA Genotek Launches New Science Education Program for DNA Day

Posted by Ian Curry on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 @ 10:04 AM

DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix by Watson and Crick in 1953. The Human Genome Project was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The primary goal of the project was to determine the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA and to identify the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes of the human genome. As a result of the Human Genome Project, a Congressional resolution designated April 23 as the National DNA Day.

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Tags: genetics, DNA, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, genotyping, collection kits, genomics, DNA sample, Oragene DNA

Hunting for Cancer Genes with DNA from Saliva

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 @ 12:02 PM

Every day, it seems, scientists learn something new about how our genes work. One fascinating area of research involves understanding the role of our genes in the initiation, progression and treatment of diseases; such as cancer. Understanding cancer on a molecular and genetic level makes for good science and good medicine. We understand that all cancers are not created equally. From the moment you are conceived, your genes may increase your susceptibility to developing certain cancers or, later on, your environmental exposures or other factors may cause changes in your genes that cause cancer to develop. Cancer is not one disease, but many, adding to the complexity and breadth of studies.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, genetic disease, cancer genetics, breast cancer, cancer research

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, genetics, DNA, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, saliva DNA, DNA from saliva, genetic testing, genotyping, genomics

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

Live Report from the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego

Posted by Ellen MacLean on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 15:01 PM

After a day and a half at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), I'm more convinced than ever that Performagene•LIVESTOCK will expedite advances in livestock genetic science. We've had researchers from both livestock and crop applications come by our booth to ask about the Performagene•LIVESTOCK product and how they can use it in their studies. The most frequent comment we're hearing from attendees is that it is very difficult to get producers to comply with their research studies. This is often due to the high cost of having a veterinarian do a blood draw and the invasive nature of this type of collection.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, livestock industry

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: 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

Welcome to The Genetic Link

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Dec 08, 2009 @ 11:12 AM

Since the inception of DNA Genotek, we have been driven to enable significant worldwide health improvements and to create a loyal community of customers. In our early days, we learned from customers that DNA and RNA collection can be challenging. With an aim to facilitate easier collection, we worked closely with customers to solve these challenges with thoughtful product design and a focus on ease of sample collection. Our customers tell us we've done this successfully with our Oragene family of saliva-based DNA and RNA collection products.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA Kits, Oragene, DNA from saliva, DNA from animals, RNA collection, RNA from saliva

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