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.

4 must read genomics studies from 2019

2019 was a big year for genomics research. Topics like pharmacogenomics, mental health, population s...
Katherine Lawless Feb 05, 2020

The Oragene·Dx family of products now has FDA general use clearance

DNA Genotek is pleased to share the news that that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has g...
Shauna White Jan 31, 2020

Genetic testing companies and health care providers partner to drive better health outcomes

Innovations in scientific discovery have changed the way we look at healthcare. This landscape is sh...
Katherine Lawless Jan 28, 2020

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for the decade

Ten years ago this week, we published DNA Genotek’s first annual top 10 list. In that year, an inter...
Kathleen Weber Jan 14, 2020

DNA methylation with saliva: A strong predictor of major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects more than 300 million people globally, is the leading cause ...
Katherine Lawless Dec 16, 2019

Podcast: Multiomics methods investigate aging process in man's best friend

A team of researchers is hoping old dogs can teach us some new tricks. The scientists, with the back...
Shauna White Dec 11, 2019

Highlights from ASHG 2019: beyond DNA

DNA Genotek has long been an active participant at the American Society for Human Genomics (ASHG) an...
Scott Rabuka Nov 12, 2019

Oh, the places you’ll go…to collect saliva samples

Around the world, genetic research continues to highlight new discoveries. Many of these discoveries...
Katherine Lawless Oct 01, 2019

Do you need an FDA cleared DNA collection device for your laboratory developed genetic test (LDT)?

If you are developing a genetic test that provides diagnostic information as part of a laboratory de...
Kathleen Weber Sep 18, 2019

The Mito-FIND project: Unlocking the secrets to mitochondrial disease with DNA from saliva

“Mitochondria are essential for life. Mitochondrial diseases interfere with the body’s ability to ma...
Katherine Lawless Aug 16, 2019

Is genetic testing with saliva the best method for risk-based breast cancer screening?

For decades, breast cancer prevention programs followed the traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach...
Katherine Lawless Aug 07, 2019

The art of innovation: How DNA Genotek delivers game-changing products and services

As a reader of The Genetic Link blog, you are likely aware that DNA Genotek (and our sister companie...
Shauna White Jul 16, 2019

Air pollution and cognitive dysfunction: uncovering the TRAP

When you are on your morning commute to work, whether you drive or ride the bus, you might not reali...
Katherine Lawless Jul 12, 2019

Is the speed gene the key to athletic performance? The answer is only a spit away

It is widely accepted that genetic factors are strongly linked with athletic performance.[1] After r...
Katherine Lawless Jun 19, 2019

Saliva as a sample type for genomic applications

This week, I interviewed Scott Rabuka, Director of the Genomics Program at DNA Genotek for our podca...
Shauna White Jun 07, 2019

DNA saliva kits or traditional blood collection: which is more cost effective?

Many researchers have asked the question: can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? ...
Scott Rabuka May 22, 2019

Urine as a liquid biopsy for cancer detection – Could yellow be the new red?

I recently had the opportunity to visit our new sister company, Novosanis+ in Antwerp, Belgium, to t...
Kerry Chatburn Apr 24, 2019

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

“Diabetes is the fastest growing debilitating disease in the world”. - Dr. Al-Anouti and Dr. Al-Safa...
Katherine Lawless Apr 11, 2019

Genome-wide DNA methylation comparison: Brain tissue vs. blood, saliva and buccal cells

DNA methylation (DNAm) has become increasingly widespread in the study of psychiatric disorders.[1] ...
Katherine Lawless Apr 03, 2019

Considering adding microbiome to your research? Thoughts from Dr. Dan Knights

UPDATE: On May 12, 2020, CoreBiome rebranded as Diversigen Inc. We recently introduced readers of Th...
Shauna White Mar 27, 2019

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