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Do you know the biggest challenge in genetics?

Posted by Devin Hale on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

Iā€™m sure you are familiar with the expression ā€œGarbage in, Garbage outā€. Popular in the field of computer science, it implies that incorrect or low quality input will result in correspondingly poor output. The mere existence of a result is no guarantee of its quality or accuracy, as surely as cooking with the wrong ingredients will not produce your desired dish.

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Tags: DNA collection, microbiome, genetic research, infectious disease, microbial dna

Innovation to facilitate oral microbiome studies

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

A fascinating area of research that has been gaining a lot of momentum concerns the influence of our microbiome with overall health and disease. The human microbiome encompasses the totality of microbes, their genetic elements and their environment. Studies have shown an association between the human oral microbiota and risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers. There are many factors that influence microbial populations, such as dietary factors, exposure to pathogenic organisms and overall health status. The relationship between the host and its resident commensal and pathogenic organisms is complex and dynamic; and an exciting area of science with so much yet to be discovered.

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Tags: infectious disease, infectious disease sample, oral microbiome, oral bacteria

DNA Genotek Grant Program winner to be announced on March 27, 2012

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 @ 14:02 PM

It has been just over a month since we received all the applications for the DNA Genotek Grant Program. We were thrilled with both the quality and the quantity of the applications we received and our selection committee has been extremely busy reviewing them carefully.  

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Tags: DNA saliva, genetic research, infectious disease, cancer research, personalized medicine

Need help funding a research project using DNA in saliva?

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

If youā€™re looking for funding for your research project using DNA in saliva, DNA Genotekā€™s Grant Program might be the solution. Today, DNA Genotek launched a new Grant Program designed to uncover new, innovative applications for our products. The Grant Program encompasses three primary areas of focus:

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Tags: genetic research, infectious disease, DNA in saliva, cancer genetics, personalized medicine

Introducing OMNIgeneā€¢ORAL for infectious disease sampling

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

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Tags: infectious disease, microbial dna, infectious disease sample

Orageneā€¢DNA enables study to identify host correlates of protection against TB

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

I'm always fascinated to learn more about how our customers use our products. What diseases are they studying? What geographic areas are they targeting? What are they hoping to achieve? It's these questions and more that make every day interesting at DNA Genotek. I recently had the privilege to learn more about how one of our customers is using our product and I wanted to share that knowledge with you.

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) of the University of Cape Town is a new customer who has tried the Orageneā€¢DNA Self Collection Kits for the first time. SATVI's aim is to develop novel tuberculosis vaccination strategies. Their focus is on the clinical side of tuberculosis vaccine development. They therefore embark on clinical, epidemiological, immunological and genetic research to answer critical questions in TB vaccinology.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA kit, DNA saliva, DNA from saliva, infectious disease

Collaboration, collective action and DNA from saliva help end disease

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 @ 10:07 AM

We were recently introduced to an organization at the heart of a movement focused on the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Itā€™s a movement that is designed to end these diseases faster. The organization is called the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and DNA Genotek has joined the GBC in its fight to end these diseases. DNA Genotek chose to join the GBC because there is a natural fit between their mandate and our technologies. GBC brings together businesses across various sectors to help fight global epidemics. Our products, designed to enable safe, easy and reliable collection of DNA and RNA samples, are the building blocks to genetic research and analysis of these diseases. The Oragene family of products is unique in that they facilitate research in low-resource settings where these diseases are most prevalent.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, genetic disease, infectious disease

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