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Customer feedback means action

Posted by Brian Smith on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

It is a new year and we are excited to share what changes we made as a result of your feedback in 2015. Your suggestions kept us busy, so let us take a few moments to present several highlights.

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Tags: DNA saliva, microbiome, Oragene, genomic services, OMNIgene, GenoFIND, gut microbiome

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2015

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Wow, what an interesting year 2015 has turned out to be. As it comes to a close, I find myself thinking about all the incredible advancements I've seen over the course of my almost 12 years leading DNA Genotek. Narrowing down this year’s list of great accomplishments was quite a challenge. With significant input from the DNA Genotek team and, after much deliberation; the following are the 10 things I will remember most about 2015.

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Tags: DNA, DNA saliva, microbiome, Oragene, OMNIgene, GenoFIND

DNA Genotek Inc. Appoints Microbiome Data Scientist as Advisor

Posted by Megan McGrath on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

We are excited to announce today that we have appointed Dan Knights, PhD – an expert in machine learning and microbiome analysis – as a scientific advisor to DNA Genotek.

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Tags: microbiome, microbial dna, omnigene gut

How and why to integrate the microbiome into your research

Posted by Megan McGrath on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

So, you’ve just completed your latest human genomics research study and you’re waiting to hear if it has been accepted for publication. In the meantime, you’ve been exploring other hypotheses for health conditions and are interested in the growing field of microbiome and metagenomics research. According to a recent review, genetics explains ~20-50% of observed ‘heritability’ of medically important traits[i] but you’re interested in learning more about what makes up ‘the other 50%’. The dynamic microbiome is impacted by our daily activities and our environment (diet, exercise, sleep etc.) plays an important role in the etiology of chronic diseases not accounted for in GWAS. But there are a few items of interest that have delayed your decision to initiate a microbiome study. At the top of the list is how easy is it to integrate a microbiome study into your workflow? Is your lab set up to take on such a project? And what about the downstream applications and analysis. How different is it from SNP genotyping or whole genome sequencing? You also have to consider that you are used to working with saliva or blood and now you have to get familiar with a new sample type (and possibly an unpleasant one) – like feces.  All these questions are getting into the ‘meat’ of things you consider when taking on your first microbiome project. But let’s back up a little and look at the big picture and find out why the microbiome is an interesting study area to pursue in the first place. Why all this fuss over some microbes? 

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Tags: microbiome, microbiome collection, gut microbiome

How critical is it to stabilize & standardize the microbiome profile?

Posted by Megan McGrath on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

One of the most critical components of studying the microbiome is ensuring you have a profile that is representative of the microbial community present in the donor. The reality of microbiome research, and any research for that matter, is that a variety of factors can impact the quality of your sample and its microbial community and thus, the quality of your data. Assume for example, that the microbial profile resembles Diagram “A” when in the in vivo state. The goal is to minimize any potential source of variability so that your sample accurately reflects that of the in vivo state (Diagram B) rather than an “ex vivo” artefact (Diagram C). Think of it like this: you could take a “snapshot” of the microbial community at the time of collection, preserve it through the analysis and generate an accurate microbiome profile.

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, microbiome snapshot

Do you know the biggest challenge in genetics?

Posted by Devin Hale on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Popular in the field of computer science, it implies that incorrect or low quality input will result in correspondingly poor output. The mere existence of a result is no guarantee of its quality or accuracy, as surely as cooking with the wrong ingredients will not produce your desired dish.

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Tags: DNA collection, microbiome, genetic research, infectious disease, microbial dna

DNA Genotek's latest changes based on your feedback

Posted by Ian Curry on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Several months ago, I posted a blog highlighting how feedback from customers plays a key role in helping us identify opportunities to improve the products and services we offer. Our Customer Satisfaction Surveys are instrumental in capturing your feedback. Earlier this year, we sent our brief survey to our customers and since then have been spending time with our management, sales, product management and product development teams to analyze your feedback and determine what changes we can implement to make improvements.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, microbiome, genomic services

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2013

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

Once again, it is time for my annual review of DNA Genotek’s year and to highlight the top 10 items that I believe made an impact in 2013. Like previous years, there’s been a lot of exciting activity and choosing only 10 items is always a challenge. After much reflection, these are the 10 things that I will remember most about 2013 at DNA Genotek.

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Tags: DNA saliva, DNA preparation, next generation sequencing, DNA from blood, microbiome

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