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.

Saliva sample to sequencer in under 8 hours

A new solution to a workflow challenge with Twist Bioscience It's no secret that the global genomics...
Elizabeth Firth May 26, 2020

While social distancing, reaching donors shouldn’t be an issue

Governments and public health experts have advised almost everyone to stay home. The majority of the...
Katherine Lawless Apr 28, 2020

First-void urine: A new standard for liquid biopsies and cervical cancer screening

Preparing for a clinic visit can often mean preparing for a liquid biopsy – biological fluid samples...
Charles Harkness Apr 06, 2020

How to ensure the best sequencing results from saliva samples

Dr. Carolyn Compton, former director of the OBBR National Cancer Institute, once said
Katherine Lawless Mar 27, 2020

SPARK project provides evidence for autism risk genes

The latest episode of Molecules, microbes and multiomics features an interview with Pamela Feliciano...
Shauna White Feb 25, 2020

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: Multi-omic 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

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