The Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as selection of optimal supportive care, informed medical decision-making, prognostic considerations, and avoidance of unnecessary testing. If you or a loved one have recently begun to show symptoms of epileptic seizures unrelated to trauma, it may be genetic. Continue reading “The Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics

Three UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence projects have received funding to create new and innovative ways to educate and engage teachers as well as the public about genetics. Continue reading “Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics” »

Lab Screening & Confirmation: What’s the Difference?

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Don’t Get Fooled By a Fake Paternity Test

Last week, 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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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?” »

Prenatal Paternity Testing

DNA paternity testing is not just a matter of determining a fetus’ biological father, there are many benefits of having a legally admissible test. All you have to do is find a AABB testing facility. Continue reading “Prenatal Paternity Testing” »

What Can DNA Testing Change?

We are all much more than we appear. Recently, the travel site Momondo has started a campaign encouraging people to get DNA tests. The data provided is thought to encourage people to travel to areas where they have ancestry and, in turn, allow them see a new way of living and thinking. Continue reading “What Can DNA Testing Change?” »

DNA Relationship Testing for Immigrant Visas

In many instances, individuals have gone through a lot to get to America and they won’t have any sort of documentation to prove that they have family here. Genetic testing is a great tool to verify biological relationship in conjunction with an immigration visa application. Commonly tested relationships are paternity, maternity, full or half siblings. Continue reading “DNA Relationship Testing for Immigrant Visas” »

Can DNA Testing Be Done Without a Father — and Without His Knowledge?

DNA Testing

DNA testing is used to determine the identity of a child’s father. Generally, these tests are conducted with the suspected father’s knowledge and participation, like when paternity confirmation is required for child support or custody purposes. Continue reading “Can DNA Testing Be Done Without a Father — and Without His Knowledge?” »

How do Genes Affect Child Development? 

Genes & Child Development

The debate of nature vs. nurture has long raged, with many saying that genetic predisposition to behaviors isn’t as important as how parents, communities, or other key individuals shape a child’s upbringing. Genes don’t just play a role in determining appearance and behavior, though — they can also affect a child’s development.

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