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Highlights from ASHG 2019: beyond DNA

DNA Genotek has long been an active participant at the American Society for Human Genomics (ASHG) annual meeting. Each year, we witness new industry trends and the evolution of ...
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Oh, the places you’ll go…to collect saliva samples

Around the world, genetic research continues to highlight new discoveries. Many of these discoveries are possible through the use of technologies that allow easy, non-invasive ...
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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 companies CoreBiome and Novosanis) are subsidiaries of OraSure Technologies Inc., a ...
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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 realize that you are exposed to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP). When people ...
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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 receiving my own 23andMe wellness results, I learned that I was a carrier of ...
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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? Research studies confirm that DNA from saliva is equivalent to DNA from ...
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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-Safar In 2015, statistics showed that 415 million people suffer from diabetes ...
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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] Many psychiatric epigenetic studies began to work with peripheral tissues ...
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Oral swabs for pharmacogenomics: A comparative study of DNA quality and performance

Pharmacogenomics is a growing field that tailors dosage and drug choices based on patient genetic profiles with the potential to benefit millions of patients with personalized ...
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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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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 Genetics (ASHG) conference this year titled: ADHD and OCD genetics: ...
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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 fertility and reproductive health; highlighting the sample collection methods ...
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3 trends within high-impact genomics you may not know about

Our knowledge of science is constantly changing and improving as new discoveries drive us forward in the modern world. Genomics is no exception. We witness these trends all ...
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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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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 innovative genomic medicine company located in Argentina named genomIT SA ...
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High quality libraries for human WGS with direct saliva Input

In the open discussion webinar hosted by Frontline Genomics, Joshua Burgess Ph.D., Manager Scientific Research, R&D at Illumina and Rafal Iwasiow, Ph.D., Vice President, R&D at ...
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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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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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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 winter coats and unpack our summer apparel. If you’re like me, you’re ...
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The SPARK project – Fueling the fire on autism research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2012 that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) [1]
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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: the use of salivary telomere length (TL) as a biomarker to predict biological ...
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10 must-ask questions to help personal genomics companies get ahead

Personal genomics is a branch of human genomics focused on sequencing and analyzing the unique genome of an individual to help determine optimal healthcare decisions… at least ...
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Patients, doctors and scientists collaborate on genetic research study for metastatic breast cancer

At DNA Genotek, we are continually being introduced to new and exciting research projects through the innovative work of our customers. I recently came across a particularly ...
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Spoiler for ASHG 2016

Our excitement is growing as we quickly approach the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting in Vancouver, Canada from Oct 18th – 22nd. With so many events scheduled, ...
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Community pharmacists play a leading role in precision medicine research project

There are few subjects that have received as much coverage in the genetics space in recent months as precision medicine. The conversation about precision medicine began many ...
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DNA from saliva helps identify remains of ancient king

A year or so ago, Nature Communications published an article that highlighted how researchers in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester successfully used DNA ...
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Customer feedback means action

It is a new year and we are excited to share what changes we made as a result of your feedback in 2015. Your suggestions kept us busy, so let us take a few moments to present ...
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DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2015

Wow, what an interesting year 2015 has turned out to be. As it comes to a close, I find myself thinking about all the incredible advancements I've seen over the course of my ...
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Customer updates - survey says?

Once again, it is time for our Customer Satisfaction Survey blog updates. To quickly recap, if you are new to our Customer Satisfaction Surveys, we send very brief ...
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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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Oragene enables a large-scale array-CGH and exome sequencing study

In the summer of 2011 we wrote about an exciting project out of the United Kingdom that selected Oragene collection kits for a study that aimed to unlock genetic changes ...
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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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A quick guide to application compatibility for Oragene – PCR to NGS

In a recent article on The Genetic Link, we talked about going global and how our regulatory strategy helps support our customers who are conducting genetic research. Today, I ...
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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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Going global: how our regulatory strategy helps genetic research

In a recent article on The Genetic Link, we talked about our quality and regulatory process and the benefits this brings to our customers. Today, I am focusing on the work we ...
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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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Genetics and post traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual has experienced an extreme emotional trauma involving the threat of ...
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Using genetics to understand neurodevelopmental & psychiatric disorders

Over the past few months, we’ve been posting a series of blog articles on the topic of genetics and mental health. This month, we have an exciting story to share with you on ...
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DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2013

Once again, it is time for my annual review of DNA Genotek’s year and to highlight the top 10 items that I believe made an impact in 2013. Like previous years, there’s been a ...
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Using NGS and DNA from saliva to find needles in haystacks

We always enjoy hearing about how our customers are using our products for innovative projects. Recently, we learned about a new project in Germany called GeneTalk, which uses ...
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Gene-by-environment interactions: When nature and nurture collide

Last month we posted our first blog article in the Genetics and Mental Health Series.  We discussed incorporating genetic analysis into research programs to uncover ...
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