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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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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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” »

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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You Shouldn’t Delay DNA Testing: Here’s Why

Since DNA testing — particularly ancestry testing — isn’t always viewed as a necessity, sometimes people feel they can push off their testing. While this certainly isn’t the case in terms of legally-needed processes, like immigration DNA testing or testing for criminal cases, when it comes to other types, people think the test can wait. We’re here to tell you that when the time comes, you will appreciate having your DNA test results already.

Here are the main reasons why now is the time for DNA testing!

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Lab-Based Paternity Testing vs. an Over-the-Counter Paternity Test Kit

As paternity testing providers in the Kansas City area, we receive a lot of calls inquiring about the differences between lab-based paternity testing and over-the-counter paternity test kit you see at the drugstore or online.

We’re all about DIY, except when it comes to matters that can have huge legal and personal repercussions. That’s why we think it’s key that you know what separates lab-based paternity testing from the at-home kits, particularly if you are pondering which one to buy!

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Four Reasons Why Now is a Great Time for a DNA Test

Every new year, we notice an increase in interest for our DNA testing services. Since we pride ourselves on being discreet and respecting our clients’ privacy, we can’t say for certain why DNA testing spikes in popularity in the winter months — but we have done some thinking on the matter and identified 4 reasons why DNA testing seems well-suited for this time of year.

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Learn More About Your Birth Parents or Relatives

People visiting testing offices for a number of reasons. Some need to prove a biological relationship for legal reasons. Some are simply interested in learning more about their ancestry. Some are undergoing the immigration process. And some are adopted, seeking more information on their biological parents and other birth relatives.

There are a number of legal steps one can take to learn more about biological relatives, including birth parents. Here’s where you can start.

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Is it Possible to Pick a Diet Based on Your DNA?

Different diets may work for different people because of their genetic predispositions. This could be one reason why many people who struggle with obesity, despite traditional dieting efforts, aren’t able to budge the scales too much. However, if aspiring dieters invest in a DNA test, they may find that their genetics can help them choose a diet that will lead them to satisfying results.  Continue reading “Is it Possible to Pick a Diet Based on Your DNA?” »

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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