The Genetic Link

Welcome to The Genetic Link, a blog providing new insights into DNA and RNA sample collection by DNA Genotek. DNA Genotek is a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Erin Carpenter

Recent Posts:

Exciting discoveries from Spit for Science & a sneak-peak at Spit for Science II

Russell Schachar, MD, FRCP(C), gave an engaging and inspiring talk at the American Society of Human ...
Erin Carpenter Jan 08, 2019

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

In this blog, we want to discuss the various genetic testing options available with respect to ferti...
Erin Carpenter Dec 05, 2018

Science and Social Media: Harnessing the power of global conversation

Every second over 8000 tweets are sent out on Twitter1 and, in the United States, 90% of adolescents...
Erin Carpenter Oct 31, 2018

The top ten most studied human genes of all time

With the importance of human genomic research, the rise in popularity of precision medicine, as well...
Erin Carpenter Aug 27, 2018

Q&A with Latin American personalized genetics company: Genomit SA (Zoigen)

Recently DNA Genotek had the pleasure of speaking with Matías Butti, one of the co-founders of an in...
Erin Carpenter Jul 26, 2018

High quality libraries for human WGS with direct saliva Input

In the open discussion webinar hosted by Frontline Genomics, Joshua Burgess Ph.D., Manager Scientifi...
Erin Carpenter Jul 19, 2018

Comparing minimally invasive sample collection techniques for large population-based telomere length studies

Telomere length (TL) is a biomarker of age, longevity and age-related disease. If you are an avid fo...
Erin Carpenter Jun 14, 2018

Obesity, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Italian Youth

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very serious and life-threatening condition. Hypertension (HT) is ...
Erin Carpenter May 24, 2018

The key to eliminating bias in genetic studies could be in our spit: expert panel discussion

Are you questioning what sample-type to collect for your genetic research project? Are you consideri...
Erin Carpenter May 16, 2018

6 innovations that can improve human health (part 2 of 2)

Here we continue our World Health Day top 6 innovations with the potential to improve human health c...
Erin Carpenter Apr 30, 2018

6 genetic innovations that can improve human health (part 1 of 2)

World Health Day (April 7th) falls within this month, and to celebrate we thought it would be fun to...
Erin Carpenter Apr 10, 2018

In Celebration of International Women’s Day: 8 Inspirational Female Scientists

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In recognition, we are highlighting the extraordinary achiev...
Erin Carpenter Mar 08, 2018

Losing weight – do your genes play a role?

With Summer and the promise of warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start putting away our...
Erin Carpenter May 24, 2017

Does marital disruption accelerate aging? An investigation into salivary telomere length, stress, and aging

I came across a paper recently that combines two research areas that I find extremely interesting: t...
Erin Carpenter Mar 06, 2017

Innovation to facilitate oral microbiome studies

A fascinating area of research that has been gaining a lot of momentum concerns the influence of our...
Erin Carpenter Nov 13, 2012

Nature versus nurture: What's your opinion?

We are all familiar with the role genetics play in shaping our physical appearance. You might have i...
Erin Carpenter Oct 25, 2011

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