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.

Highlights and trends from ASHG 2021

Every year we at DNA GenotekTM attend the biggest human genetics conference in North America, the Am...
Katherine Lawless Dec 02, 2021

Phosphorus: Stretching the Capabilities of Clinical-Grade Genetic Testing 

“Our mission is to extend and improve lives by making genomics a foundational part of everyone’s hea...
Katherine Lawless Nov 04, 2021

Dr. Marcela Brocco, grant program recipient, and her team from Argentina are using saliva to learn how prenatal stress impacts infant development.

The Developing Economies Grant Program was launched to foster innovative and novel proposals for the...
Katherine Lawless Jul 22, 2021

Saliva sampling for COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools: Getting back to in-person learning

After more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for returning to in-person learning in...
Arya Mehta Jul 16, 2021

Genetic evolution of human taste found from saliva samples of hunter-gatherers, nomad herders, and farmers in Africa and Asia

“Taste is essential for the interaction of animals with their food and has co-evolved with diet. Hum...
Katherine Lawless Jun 15, 2021

All-of-US research program - collecting 1 million diverse DNA samples across America.

Project highlights presented at the Festival of Genomics 2021. In January of this year, the 6th annu...
Katherine Lawless Mar 31, 2021

RNA breakthroughs in autism, concussions, and COVID-19

Quadrant Biosciences is an innovative company that focuses on early detection of neurological disord...
Katherine Lawless Jan 07, 2021

How to obtain enough DNA from saliva with difficult to collect donors

The amount of DNA yielded from oral samples can be variable since the amount of DNA collected highly...
Katherine Lawless Aug 20, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating influential women in genetics - International women's day

Throughout history, women have influenced and shaped our views and knowledge of science from all dis...
Katherine Lawless Mar 08, 2019

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

Congenital anomalies and genetic disorders are the leading cause of death in children less than ten ...
Katherine Lawless Feb 19, 2019

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