4 Things You Didn’t Know About DNA

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DNA works in very cool and sometimes unexpected ways. We’re sharing a few more things that you may not know about DNA and how genes affect our looks, behaviors, and more.

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Why To Get a DNA Profile For Your Child

Approximately 800,000 US children go missing each year. It’s a nightmare scenario for any parent to consider, but it’s a reality that we all must face.

While there is no way to prepare yourself for the anguish of having a child go missing, you can prepare a DNA profile to include in your child identification file.

What is a child ID profile, and why is a DNA profile a good component to include? Here are the details.

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How Understanding Genes Can Help Us Fight Immune Diseases

Over the years, various scientists have suggested that the role of genetics in the risk of having an immune disease could be missed during research. These scientists and their collaborators have discovered that the contribution of genetic variations in disease risk lies not only in genes but in the molecular “switches” that control these genes as well. Continue reading “How Understanding Genes Can Help Us Fight Immune Diseases” »

The Importance of Prenatal Paternity Testing

 

DNA paternity testing is not just a matter of determining a fetus’ biological father, there are many benefits of having a legally admissible test. All you have to do is find an AABB testing facility. Continue reading “The Importance of Prenatal Paternity Testing” »

Your Medical Record, Insurance Rates, and DNA Testing

DNA testing has grown in popularity over the past few years as technology has grown more prevalent and lead to lower costs. As of April 2014, 700,000 Americans have undergone full or partial DNA sequencing to learn more about their genetic backgrounds and medical predispositions.

Yet many people are avoiding DNA testing altogether, including ethnicity and ancestry tests, for fear that their results may negatively impact their insurance costs.

How is DNA testing related to your insurance rates? Read more below.

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Confirmation & Lab Screening: What is the Difference?

Do you understand the difference between a confirmation test and a lab screening? The terms can be confusing if you’re not sure what’s going on. Test Smartly Labs is an AABB accredited lab qualified to help with a variety of DNA testing needs. Let us guide you through the DNA testing process.

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Could Your DNA Test Be Compromised?

When you get a blood test it is generally for two reasons — either to satisfy your genealogical curiosity or for use as evidence in legal proceedings. Accuracy is especially crucial in legal cases, where the results carry serious consequences. Not all DNA tests are legally admissible, only DNA tests that have a thoroughly documented chain of custody can be used in court. This requirement prevents DNA tests from becoming compromised, which can happen in any one of the following three ways. Continue reading “Could Your DNA Test Be Compromised?” »

Don’t Be Fooled By a Fake Paternity Test

In 2017, a woman living in Liverpool, England was jailed for a year for faking the results of a paternity test. Danielle Morris told her ex, Jamie Somers, that he was the father of her daughter.

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Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes

craving sugar? maybe it's in your genes

The gene FGF21 provides the instructions for creating a hormone of the same name; it is linked with food regulation in rodents and nonhuman primates. This new insight suggests FGF21 might actually moderate some appetites in humans as well. Interestingly, the work also suggests that the liver, which secretes the FGF21 hormone and controls insulin resistance, could be playing a larger role in snack management because it produces this hormone and communicates with the brain. Continue reading “Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes” »

Child DNA ID: How Advanced Technology Could Save Your Child

woman talking to doctor about how child DNA ID could protect her daughter

The world we live in today may be safer than ever due to our amazing advances in technology. However, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any threats to our families out there. Keep peace of mind and know your children can be found in the event of an emergency by creating a DNA identification profile. Continue reading “Child DNA ID: How Advanced Technology Could Save Your Child” »