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Vitamin D deficiency: the new link to type 2 diabetes mellitus in United Arab Emirates

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 14:04 PM

“Diabetes is the fastest growing debilitating disease in the world”.

Dr. Al-Anouti and Dr. Al-Safar

In 2015, statistics showed that 415 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide. The rate is expected to increase by 54.5% and reach about 642 million people by 2040.[1] The Middle Eastern population account for approximately 20% of these cases. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the United Arabian Emirates (UAE) has 745,940 diabetics, 304,000 undiagnosed diabetics, and 934,300 pre-diabetics.3 We corresponded with researchers Dr. Al-Anouti and Dr. Al-Safar from Zayed University and Khalifa University to discuss their research on vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms among Emirati patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  

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Tags: DNA saliva, genetic research, Oragene RNA

Is whole genome sequencing the new first-line test for children with genetic diseases?

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 13:02 PM

Congenital anomalies and genetic disorders are the leading cause of death in children less than ten years old and affect about six percent of live births. For children with suspected genetic disorders, it is crucial to establish an early etiologic diagnosis for a prompt implementation of precision medicine and to enable optimal outcomes to guide clinical decisions. The challenge, however, is the lack of etiologic diagnosis.

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Tags: whole genome sequencing, DNA saliva cost, Oragene RNA

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

Atlas Biomed: tackling personalized wellness with both genomics and microbiome

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

One of the things I like most about my job at DNA Genotek is the opportunity to speak with customers who are breaking new ground in the fields of genomics and microbiome. In the past 9 years, I’ve spoken with hundreds of customers and written blogs about dozens of them. I recently had a chance to speak with Sergey Musienko, CEO of Atlas Biomed. Atlas Biomed, based in the UK, is defining a new market by offering direct-to-consumer products for both genomic and microbiome analysis within the European market. I wanted to share the conversation I had with Sergey about how Atlas Biomed is defining this new market, the challenges he faces and what he is learning along the way.

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Tags: OMNIgene, microbiome collection, Saliva in DNA, personal genomics, Oragene RNA

Could microRNA from saliva be a predictor of concussion symptoms in children?

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

The issue of concussions has attracted considerable media coverage in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 153 people in the United States die every day from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that include concussions. Those who survive can face effects that last a few days, or the rest of their lives. Effects of concussions can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). In 2013,[1] about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States.

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Tags: RNA, RNA saliva, miRNA, Oragene RNA

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