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.

A discussion of challenges and solutions for global shortages of materials for COVID-19 testing

The world is talking about the coronavirus pandemic and global health crisis we find ourselves livin...
Katherine Lawless Oct 27, 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

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

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

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

Urine as a liquid biopsy for cancer detection – Could yellow be the new red?

I recently had the opportunity to visit our new sister company, Novosanis+ in Antwerp, Belgium, to t...
Kerry Chatburn Apr 24, 2019

Considering adding microbiome to your research? Thoughts from Dr. Dan Knights

UPDATE: On May 12, 2020, CoreBiome rebranded as Diversigen Inc. We recently introduced readers of Th...
Shauna White Mar 27, 2019

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2018

Every year since 2009 we’ve picked our top 10 list for the year. People often ask, what does it take...
Brian Smith Jan 21, 2019

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 consideri...
Erin Carpenter May 16, 2018

Atlas Biomed: tackling personalized wellness with both genomics and microbiome

One of the things I like most about my job at DNA Genotek is the opportunity to speak with customers...
Shauna White Mar 05, 2018

Could microRNA from saliva be a predictor of concussion symptoms in children?

The issue of concussions has attracted considerable media coverage in recent years. According to the...
Shauna White Nov 30, 2017

How and why to integrate the microbiome into your research

So, you’ve just completed your latest human genomics research study and you’re waiting to hear if it...
Megan McGrath Apr 15, 2015

How critical is it to stabilize & standardize the microbiome profile?

One of the most critical components of studying the microbiome is ensuring you have a profile that i...
Megan McGrath Feb 18, 2015

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 com...
Devin Hale Jan 27, 2015

Saliva as a medium to study microbial DNA

Some researchers studying infectious diseases will use frozen whole mouth fluid (WMF) as a sample ty...
Shauna White Jul 13, 2011

DNA from saliva to identify biomarkers predicting nicotine dependence

Cigarette smoking remains a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in many countri...
Shauna White Jul 07, 2011

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