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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” »

Chlamydia-Damaged DNA May Increase Cancer Risk

Chlamydia-Damage DNA May Increase Risk of Cancer

How much do we as a general public know about sexually transmitted diseases and infections? We know we don’t want them and they can be dangerous, but what makes them so dangerous? Some diseases are resistant to treatment because it mutates DNA. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease all over the world. Over 90 million new cases of genital infections occur every year. Continue reading “Chlamydia-Damaged DNA May Increase Cancer Risk” »

Scientific Innovation in the Fight Against Opiate Addiction

There are many theories out there about drug addiction, whether you believe it is due to a moral corruption or you believe it is an illness, there is no denying that America is in the midst of an opiate epidemic. There are people on the ground trying to help those struggling but without hard scientific “fixes” all we can hope is that the body count won’t continue to rise. Continue reading “Scientific Innovation in the Fight Against Opiate Addiction” »

One DNA Test Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

What if one blood draw or cheek swab could save you or your company thousands of dollars? It may seem like science fiction, but a simple DNA test could eliminate the guesswork when it comes to prescribing medications. All this is possible with pharmacogenetics testing.

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DNA Tests Provide a Look at the Global Scale of Genetic History

DNA tests can reveal fascinating things about an individual’s genetic history, including their ancestral roots and even their rare medical conditions.

A recent study published in Science has highlighted another interesting use of DNA tests. Researchers have pinpointed, dated, and characterized historical genetic mixing, creating a global genetic map that gives us deeper insight into how past populations moved and changed — and how notable historic events shaped our genes.

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