Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to 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 “Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to Your Genes” »

3 Seemingly Brick-Wall Scenarios Solved by DNA Testing

As we have shared in the past weeks, DNA testing can do some pretty amazing things.

From identifying what medications will be most effective (pharmacogenomics testing) to verifying the species of your seafood dinner, there are countless applications of genetic testing.

Still, despite the possibilities of DNA testing, there are some scenarios in which you may think that answers are unattainable. Here are three such situations that may seem hopeless– but in which DNA testing can provide a resolution.

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Don’t Trust a Home DNA Test – Why Lab-Based DNA Testing is the Way to Go

With the popularity of genealogy research increasing, no doubt you may have encountered some home DNA testing options during your time on the World Wide Web. Although these home DNA test kits promise speed and accuracy, when it comes to practical usage, they fall short in many ways.

When you’re committed to uncovering more about your background, we find it makes the most sense to invest in the tests you’re using to unlock your genetic makeup.

Why is the home DNA test not the most reliable? Get the details below.

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Welcome to DNA Exposes Truth by ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit!

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City logoWhen you think “DNA testing,” your mind might jump to dramatic daytime talk shows that employ paternity testing. Although we do offer pre-birth and post-birth paternity testing which is very important in legal battles, there is more our DNA services than relationship testing. We will feature all of the fascinating facets of DNA testing on our blog, from tests that can reveal your ancestry to forensic DNA testing.

To get your reading started off, here are a few posts on DNA testing shared by our fellow Kansas City area ARCpoint Labs:

Not Sure Who the Father Is?

At ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit, we offer the non-invasive paternity testing that this blog post explores. Rather than the uncomfortable, invasive amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS), both of which involve a risk of miscarriage, an expectant mother’s question of paternity can be solved with two blood draws: one from her, and one from the suspected father.

Skip the Script: Ordering Lab Work Yourself

One of the best parts of our confidential, reliable DNA testing is that you don’t need a doctor’s orders to get any sort of testing done at ARCpoint Labs — you can walk right in to our Lee’s Summit location and quickly receive the answers you seek.

Pre-Birth Paternity Testing – No Amnio needed

This post also discusses our non-invasive prenatal DNA testing, but in a little more depth. Rather than the drawn-out amniocentesis — in which a needle is inserted into the placenta to draw out some of the fetal DNA, posing a risk of miscarriage — a mother can instead get a quick blood draw. Since some of the baby’s DNA can be found in the mother’s bloodstream, the same answers can be found through our non-invasive paternity testing.

ARCpoint Labs at the Lawrence Business Expo

Wondering why ARCpoint Labs is the best choice for reliable DNA testing? This post gives some insight into why so many in the Lee’s Summit and greater Kansas City area have trusted us with their private matters of DNA testing for paternity, immigration paperwork, infidelity, custody issues, and more.

Pre-Natal DNA: You Have Options

Wondering what your options are when it comes to testing your child’s DNA to determine a paternal relationship? This post compares our non-invasive prenatal DNA testing with three other options: DNA testing on the placenta, post-birth umbilical cord testing, and a cheek swab paternity test.

Come back soon to learn more about DNA testing and its real-world uses! For more information on our DNA testing services, call ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit at (816) 875-9301.