On June 22, 2011, Principal Investigator and professor of human genetics, pediatrics and urology at UCLA, Dr. Eric Vilain and his team of researchers revealed the results of their study titled “Epigenetic Predictor of Age”. In this study, the research team demonstrated that a person’s age could be reliably predicted from the DNA in saliva samples collected with Oragene using methylation patterns.
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With the growth of genome wide association studies (GWAS) and their need for DNA from many thousands of people, the time seemed right for us to highlight how DNA from saliva enables GWAS. DNA from saliva is allowing more researchers to achieve their recruitment numbers for GWAS studies while providing results that are equivalent to blood on downstream assays. Saliva is a highly accessible body fluid that is easy to collect when collected with Oragene. Since the launch of the Oragene product in 2004, there have been many published research studies that have shown this to be true. Recently, Bahlo et al of the Australian and New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (ANZgene) published a paper that showcased how DNA from saliva performed on the Illumina Infinium Hap370CNV DUO microarray and highlighted why it is ideal for GWAS.
This week, at Genomics Disorders 2011 in Cambridge, UK, DNA Genotek presented a poster reflecting new research findings. Building on the success of previous Genomic Disorders meetings, this year’s venue presented an exciting blend of genomic science and clinical medicine. The meeting’s goal is to bring together scientists and clinicians interested in genomic variation in humans and the mechanisms by which variations exert phenotypic effects. We used this opportunity to showcase new research findings that demonstrate Oragene•DNA is a reliable source of DNA for next generation sequencing.
Last week, at the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Conference in San Diego, CA, DNA Genotek presented a poster reflecting new research findings. PAG is an event that brings together the leading genetic scientists and researchers involved in plant and animal research and related areas. With over 25 countries represented, PAG provides an established forum for the exchange of information internationally. We used this opportunity to showcase new research findings and technical evaluations for the Performagene•LIVESTOCK product.
Last week, at the American Society for Human Genetics show in Washington, DC, several members of the DNA Genotek team presented posters reflecting new research findings. ASHG is an event that brings together over 5000 delegates from all areas of genetic research and is well known for encouraging and integrating research, scholarship and education in all areas of human genetics. We used this opportunity to showcase new research findings and technical evaluations for the Oragene family of products.
I'm very excited to tell you that Performagene•LIVESTOCK, DNA Genotek’s product for collecting DNA from livestock using nasal samples, has been selected for the new GenoTest program launched today by Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance Partners. GenoTest is a full scale national program that offers genomic testing services on Illumina’s 3K and 50K genotyping arrays. The program is designed to reduce the costs and complexity of genotyping to provide enhanced genetic evaluations for production, conformation and health/fertility traits for Canadian dairy producers while improving sample collection methods.
This month, PLoS ONE published a new research study that I think will interest readers of The Genetic Link. The study, titled "Array-Based Whole-Genome Survey of Dog Saliva DNA Yields High Quality SNP Data", was written by Jennifer S. Yokoyama, Carolyn A. Erdman and Steven P. Hamilton of the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Human Genetics, at the University of California, San Francisco. The study is interesting for several reasons.