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Celebrating influential women in genetics - International women's day

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 08:03 AM

Throughout history, women have influenced and shaped our views and knowledge of science from all disciplines, including human genomics. The research of radioactivity by Dr. Marie Curie (1867-1934), the discovery of the XY sex-determination system by Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens (1861-1912), and the co-discovery of the genetic material of life by Dr. Martha Chase (1927-2003), has shaped genomics and the influence of incredible women like these is undeniable.[1] In addition, many feel that much of the credit for modeling the structure of the DNA molecule should rightfully go to a woman named Rosalind Franklin and not Watson and Crick. These women have brought their love of genetics to life and shared their scientific discoveries with the world.

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Tags: genetic research, human genomics

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2018

Posted by Brian Smith on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 13:01 PM

Every year since 2009 we’ve picked our top 10 list for the year. People often ask, what does it take to get on this list? It’s a reasonable question — some of our previous picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the cusp of becoming widely adopted. What we’re really highlighting is something that we think has the potential to have either a long term or profound effect on our lives. We aren’t always right but we find it interesting to reflect on the previous year and highlight our top 10 items.

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Tags: Oragene, personalized medicine, OMNIgene, DNA saliva cost, gut microbiome research, human genomics

Reproductive health and genetic testing: What sample types work best?

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 13:12 PM

In this blog, we want to discuss the various genetic testing options available with respect to fertility and reproductive health; highlighting the sample collection methods often used to collect DNA. Genetic screening can be used to determine whether a person and/or their partner can successfully conceive a child or whether their infant is at risk to develop certain genetically-based conditions. Genetic risk factors can be passed through the DNA of either one or both parents during conception, and genetic screening helps identify abnormalities in the DNA or chromosomes that may be linked to unwanted health conditions.1 Genetic testing for fertility and reproductive health is being offered by a growing number of commercial companies and can be summarized into four main categories:

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Tags: DNA saliva, ORAcollect, Oragene RNA, human genomics, carrier screening

3 trends within high-impact genomics you may not know about

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 13:11 PM

Our knowledge of science is constantly changing and improving as new discoveries drive us forward in the modern world. Genomics is no exception. We witness these trends all around us either within the publications we read about new studies, in the news, or perhaps even through blogs such as this one.  For example, I recently attended the American Society of Human Genetics conference in San Diego where I picked up a copy of Cell Press’s Trends Limited Edition High-Impact Genomics, Vol. 3 (link to document) which highlights particularly impactful genomics reviews. It captured my interest and I wanted to share a few highlights with you.

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Tags: DNA saliva, human genomics

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