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8 facts most people don’t know about DNA from saliva

Since the launch of this blog, The Genetic Link, in 2009, we have published numerous articles, interviews, technical information and infographics to share what we know about ...
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Top 5 considerations when selecting a saliva-based DNA collection method

The past decade of genetic advancements has proven DNA from saliva is reliable and effective for both research and diagnostics applications.  The benefits of collecting DNA ...
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How to execute large-scale DNA sample collection for genetic research - 10 essential considerations

Genetic epidemiology, the study of how genetics contribute to health and disease in families and populations, seeks to derive a statistical analysis of how genetics works in ...
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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 follower of our blog, The Genetic Link, you’ll notice that we’ve posted about ...
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Obesity, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Italian Youth

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very serious and life-threatening condition. Hypertension (HT) is a significant risk factor contributing to CVD, and also one that may be ...
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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 considering saliva for DNA, RNA, or epigenetic analysis? What should you consider ...
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Discovering the genetics behind Ebola viral disease resistance

Phase I: DNA sample Collection The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The average EVD case ...
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TISMOO: Ground-breaking science for personalized medicine

Personalized medicine, also referred to as genomic medicine or precision medicine, is defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute is an approach to healthcare that ...
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All about that base: applications of the fifth base of DNA

Methylated cytosine, also known as “the fifth base of DNA” has attracted a lot of research attention lately due to its importance in controlling gene expression. This fifth ...
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Stabilize your sample: A “right from the start” Q&A

In an earlier blog post we discussed the importance of reliable samples for human genomics, microbiome and infectious disease nucleic acid based applications, and how a lack of ...
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Do you know the biggest challenge in genetics?

I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Popular in the field of computer science, it implies that incorrect or low quality input will result ...
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DNA Genotek's latest changes based on your feedback

Several months ago, I posted a blog highlighting how feedback from customers plays a key role in helping us identify opportunities to improve the products and services we ...
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Oragene facilitates pharmacogenetic study in Saudi Arabia

We often profile customers who are working on particularly interesting genetic research projects on The Genetic Link, in the hope that it will benefit other customers. Dr. ...
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Large Cohort Study Shines Light on the Fragile X Syndrome Gray Area

The author of this article, Lisa Gamwell, is a Sales Development Analyst at DNA Genotek.
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Customer feedback – are we listening?

In this recent article, we took an in-depth look at DNA Genotek’s customer service and technical support to understand why our customers value it so much.  This week, we’re ...
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A peek inside technical support and customer service at DNA Genotek

DNA Genotek is proud to provide a high level of service and support to our customers. We know that our success as a company is tightly integrated with the success of our ...
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Saliva DNA plays vital role in international clinical research studies run from Australia

Dr. Janet Coller, Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, has an established track record in Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetic medical research within the health areas of ...
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A peek into what quality really means to DNA Genotek

You’ve heard us say that our commitment to quality spans all aspects of our internal procedures from customer support to product development and manufacturing – but what does this ...
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Telomeres & neighborhoods: the impact on children’s long term health

Telomeres are an emerging area of genetic research with many new studies being published that highlight fascinating results. Telomeres reside at the end of each chromosome in ...
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Methodologies for the analysis of human exomes using DNA from saliva

Mike Tayeb is the Technical Support Manager at DNA Genotek Inc.
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Spit for Africa program facilitates population-based genetic studies

We are very excited to tell you about a new initiative we announced today as part of the DNA Genotek Helping Hands Program. Spit for Africa is a new sponsorship program in ...
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Saliva DNA enables pharmacogenetic testing for psychiatric medication

Through their participation in the IMPACT research study (Individualized Medicine: Pharmacogenetic Assessment & Clinical Treatment), practitioners in Canada are now able to offer ...
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Saliva DNA helps cancer research project meet recruitment goals

Cancer affects everyone in some way. In Alberta, Canada, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 will die from it. In 2001, the Tomorrow ...
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Sneak preview of DNA Genotek at ASHG 2012

Once again, we are all very excited to attend the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting in San Francisco from November 6th through to the 10th. We always ...
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25,000 DNA saliva samples for Spit for the Cure (and counting)

If you’ve followed DNA Genotek for a few years or if you have ever been to one of our seminar presentations, you’ve probably heard about our involvement in the annual Spit for ...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] DNA from saliva vs blood – who wins the cost battle?

Introducing DNA Genotek’s first visual adventure – a fun trip through the blood vs saliva cost journey. You and I know what they say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ ...
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Natural selection in high altitude: Oragene functions as an enabler for challenging field research

Rookie mistakes – they will occur. I remember the first time I tried to reach out to Dr. Cynthia Beall, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve ...
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Can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? (Part 3 of 3)

Welcome to the final article in our 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, ...
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DNA Genotek Is Awarded Key Patent for Oral Sample System

We are excited to announce today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a key patent relating to the physical design that is core to our all-in-one ...
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Can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? (Part 2 of 3)

Welcome to the second article in a 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 of this blog series, we examined ...
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DNA from saliva vs. blood – who wins the cost battle?

Collecting saliva DNA is more effective and less costly for genetic research, a study suggests. The study, titled Specimen Collection within the CRN: A critical appraisal, ...
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Supercentenarians’ DNA keeps the grim reaper at bay

The remarkable growth in the number of centenarians (people aged ≥ 100) has garnered significant attention over the past 20 or so years. Centenarians have been found to ...
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Event collection award program for HLA registries

Last week, we unveiled  an innovative award program that is designed to increase donor recruitment for Marrow Donor Registries. The DNA Genotek HLA Event Collection Award is ...
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DNA Genotek’s top ten list for 2011

It’s that time of year again when I reflect on the past year and highlight DNA Genotek’s top ten list for 2011. This is now the third installment of my annual top ten list ...
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DNA Analysis in the Oklahoma Family Health Patterns Project

Guest author, William R. Lovallo, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Behavioral Sciences Laboratories at the University of ...
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Freshman’s guide to starting university: laptop, text books and DNA from saliva

The incoming class of freshman students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) had something unique waiting for them when they arrived for welcome week this year. Not only ...
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DNA from saliva facilitates dermatological studies in Singapore

Atopic dermatitis (AD) and acne vulgaris (AV) are both skin diseases studied by researchers at the Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), Singapore, with the goal of discovering ...
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DNA from saliva to identify biomarkers predicting nicotine dependence

Cigarette smoking remains a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in many countries. The chance that a lifelong smoker will die prematurely from ...
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The state of personalized medicine

Last week at the Personalized Medicine Coalition’s (PMC) Annual State of Personalized Medicine Luncheon, John Castellani, President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and ...
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Oragene•DNA to Simplify DNA Collection for Genetic Study into ADHD

This week, we were pleased to announce that our Oragene•DNA product was selected to collect DNA from saliva for the International Collaboration on ADHD and Substance Abuse ( ...
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Oragene•DNA facilitates Italy’s ‘Basketball Players to the Bone’

Many readers of The Genetic Link will be familiar with DNA Genotek’s involvement in event-based collections for breast cancer, epilepsy and for bone marrow donor registries. ...
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Oragene facilitates DNA collection at Luxembourg’s Relay for Life

I often profile unique customer events here on The Genetic Link and I recently became aware of an event worthy of note. I want to share the experiences that the team at the ...
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Challenges in DNA sample collection for personalized medicine

We’ve been hearing the promises of personalized medicine for some time now with its magic formula of ‘the right treatment for the right patient at the right time’. In the past ...
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Oragene•ANIMAL helps save endangered species

The impact of papillomaviruses (PVs) on humans is well understood with a range of diagnostic tests available to test for the disease and preventative treatments available. ...
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