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How Does Immigration DNA Testing Work?

Immigration policies have been under a microscope lately, with political debates about immigration reform swirling and high concerns about refugee admission. Since we are an AABB-accredited lab, we know all about how biological relationships are established and confirmed during the immigration process.

Here’s how DNA testing fits into the immigration petition process:

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Can a DNA Test Reveal Your True Love?

As DNA testing professionals, we’ve heard of the many strange ways people use DNA tests. Can you believe that companies are promising that they can pinpoint your perfect match through genetic analysis?

Can Cupid really be found in a test tube, or are these ridiculous claims? Let’s explore whether a DNA test can really be used for effective matchmaking.

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Are You Making These Mistakes During Your Ancestry Research?

Ancestry research can be a long, slow, frustrating process. It takes time to pull information together, whether you’re gathering it from books, online, family records, or simply talking with your relatives. If you’re not careful, there are some mistakes you can make as you go through this process. Let’s examine some of those mistakes and how correcting them can help you get answers and save time.

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Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?

Were you aware that at least 24% of women with ovarian cancer inherited some sort of genetic mutation? Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have the perfect opportunity to discuss how getting tested to find out if you have an increased cancer risk could potentially result in you receiving life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?” »

DNA Robots Can Sort Through Our Molecules

 

In a study published in Science, researchers at the California Institute of Technology designed a group of DNA robots. They are called DNA robots not because they have “bodies”, “hands”, “arms”, and “feet,” but because they perform mechanical tasks at the nanometer scale. The robots’ current goal is to work together to find and collect fluorescent molecules. Continue reading “DNA Robots Can Sort Through Our Molecules” »

You’re Just Like Your Father: Our DNA Makeup

Scientists have known for some time that we inherit genes, our DNA makeup, from both of our parents. In the past, science has shown that half of our DNA is from our mother, half from our father. DNA testing studies at the North Carolina School of Medicine showed that we actually have more of our father’s DNA than our mother’s.
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Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent

The second Sunday in September is National Grandparents’ Day. We know you love your grandchildren, and it’s important to know what legal rights you have as a grandparent. Exactly what those rights entail vary based on your situation, and it varies from state to state. Missouri has its own regulations regarding grandparents visitation and even legal guardianship. Continue reading “Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent” »

Parents: Have You Thought about a DNA Test for Your Adopted Child?

For many families, adopting a child is the culmination of years of dreaming. Bringing a child into your family can be incredibly rewarding, yet in some ways, difficult. After all, as a parent you want the very best for your child — but when key information, such as their biological family health history, is not available, providing the best care can prove hard.

Fortunately, DNA testing can provide some answers that adoptive parents may seek.

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What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There is a variety of paternity testing available to help parents confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll take a look at your paternity testing options. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should be aware of all the facts.

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What is AABB-Accredited DNA Testing & Why Does It Matter?

Due to the prevalence of mail-order DNA test kits, more people are trying to learn about their genetic background.

However, DIY DNA testing isn’t the most reliable despite the promises made by manufacturers. Let Test Smartly Labs explain what it means to be an AABB-accredited lab and why this accreditation is so important when it comes to DNA testing.

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