How do Genes Affect Child Development?

 

Nature vs. nurture has been an eternal debate between genetic predisposition to behaviors versus how parents, communities, or other key individuals shape a child’s upbringing. Genes don’t just play a role in determining appearance and behavior. They can also affect a child’s development.

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3 Ways DNA Samples Can be Compromised

If you are wanting to get a DNA test, it is likely for one of two reasons: to satisfy your own curiosity or to use as evidence in a court case. While you want reliable results in both situations, accuracy is especially crucial in legal cases, where the results can have serious consequences.

Because DNA test results have to follow the chain of custody procedure to be allowed in court, 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 usually happens in one of three ways.

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The Difference Between a Legal and a Non-Legal DNA Test

If you’re wanting to complete a DNA test for fun, you’ve probably considered purchasing a test kit online. In certain situations, a DNA test isn’t always the way to go. There are vital differences that separate home kits and lab tests, including the fact that lab-based DNA testing is court admissible while home-based testing is not. Why is a court admissible DNA test preferred over a home test? Here are some ways in which legal tests and non-legal tests differ.

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5 Forensic Details TV Gets Wrong

Do you hear that? It’s a song by The Who, playing very faintly in the distance. While shows like CSI and Cold Case are fascinating for their drama and entertaining relationships, they don’t always get the details correct when it comes to forensic and DNA testing procedure. Test Smartly Labs is a certified DNA testing provider that knows the ins and outs of forensic testing. Let’s take a look at five details TV often gets wrong:  Continue reading “5 Forensic Details TV Gets Wrong” »

Simple Ways to Learn More About Your Genetics

It is natural to be curious about your ancestors and where they once lived. Many families do not have extensive records of their history, leaving it to later generations with better technology to solve genealogical mysteries. Our modern tech makes it simpler to delve into the past and uncover the truth about our family origins. Today, Test Smartly Labs will share some easy tips to help you uncover your family’s secrets.

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Keep Safe During Summer Travels

Summer is the best time to get away and go on an adventure to a new place. Many families go away every year during the summer looking to have fun and recharge before the next school year. Make sure you’re properly prepared before you travel so you don’t give yourself a headache. Test Smartly Labs looks at a few ways that you can make sure your summer travels are safe and worry-free.

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What is mtDNA and Its Impact On Genetic Research?

Eager to learn more about your family after seeing relatives this holiday season? DNA testing can help. Let’s explore mtDNA and how it can be used to further your genetic research.

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Babies By Design: More Harm Than Good?

Gene editing is becoming widely debated as stories of babies with three parents become more common. Currently, most hopeful parents are interested in gene editing in order to prevent the risk of disease in utero. As technological advances with gene editing move forward, there may soon be more ways for doctors to design babies in the womb. But this scientific step forward can be controversial. Continue reading “Babies By Design: More Harm Than Good?” »

5 Mental Illnesses That Share Genes

A study published by The Lancet found a link between five mental illnesses and genetics. The study makes it more imperative than ever for people to get screened for mental health, especially if they are predisposed for one of these conditions because of their genetics. Continue reading “5 Mental Illnesses That Share Genes” »

Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know

If you are ordered by a court to get a DNA test for a custody hearing, you want to know that your sample is secure from the beginning of the process until the very end. Test Smartly Labs carefully follows Chain of Custody procedures to make sure that the sample’s integrity is intact in case it is needed for evidence. Learn more about the Chain of Custody and why it’s important in some paternity cases:  Continue reading “Chain of Custody Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know” »