Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

About two to three percent of the national population develops psoriatic disease, although scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the population inherit one or more genes that lead to the disease.  Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

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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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” »

What Do Your Genes Really Determine?

Genes are the basic heredity unit for everything about you from your hair, eye and skin color to how you write, cross your arms and sneeze. The Human Genome Project estimated humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. Most are the same through all people, it’s only about 1 percent of the total that are unique; these alleles are what distinguished our different physical attributes.

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Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?

With genetic testing getting cheaper, scientists with the BabySeq project want to start offering testing to newborn babies. As well as interest in the study of genetics, scientists want to see what happens when parents know their child’s DNA blueprint right off the bat. Continue reading “Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?” »

Is Happiness Genetic? 

Is Happiness Genetic

Is happiness hiding in your genes? Scientists who published a report in the Nature Genetics journal propose that some people may be predisposed toward a happier outlook. This doesn’t mean that people who don’t possess these particular genetic components are doomed to a life of sadness. Rather, it suggests insights into why some people appear to be predisposed to happiness.

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Diet or DNA: Are Food Allergies Genetic?

Food Allergies & Genes

As we have explored in our past blogs, there are a number of physical and behavioral traits that are determined by your DNA.

But are you aware of how genetics can determine food allergies, too?

Today, we’re exploring how allergies can come to affect an individual, and how much DNA plays into it.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About DNA

About DNA

DNA works in very cool and sometimes unexpected ways.

As we recently shared, children can inherit more than just their looks from a parent — behaviors can also be hereditary. And inheritance of genetic traits like eye color can confuse some.

We’re sharing a few more things that you may not know about DNA and how genes affect our looks, behaviors, and more.

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Know Your Rights As a Grandparent

Grandparentage Testing

The second Sunday in September is Grandparents’ Day. We know you love your grandchildren, and it’s important to know what legal rights you have as a grandparent. Exactly what those rights entail vary based on your situation, and it varies from state to state. Missouri has its own regulations regarding grandparents visitation and even legal guardianship.

Visitation Rights in Missouri

The court may grant reasonable visitation rights to grandparents for the following reasons and in the following situations:

  • If the child’s parents have filed for divorce, a grandparent has the right to intervene only on visitation rights issues.
  • If one of the child’s parents is deceased, the surviving parent denies reasonable visitation rights to one of the surviving grandparents.
  • If a grandparent is unreasonably denied child visitation for lonver than 90 days. (If the child’s biological parents are married and living together with the child, the grandparent may not file for visitation.)

In all of these situations, the court determines what the child’s best interests are. If grandparent visitation would endanger the child in any way, visitation rights may not be granted. If the child’s parents are legally married and live with the child, the parents are presumed to know the child’s best interests, and to act accordingly.

Guardianship Ad Litem

If the court determines that it’s in the best interest of the child, it will appoint a guardian ad litem, who is a licensed attorney in Missouri. The guardian ad litem may participate in proceedings as if he or she were a party. The court will enter judgement allowing a reasonable fee to the guardian ad litem.

If the child is adopted, any visitation rights the grandparent has may be terminated.

Grandparent DNA Testing at ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit

If there is any question about biological grandparentage, ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit can help. Our test results are court-admissible because we follow strict chain of custody procedures. To learn more about DNA testing or grandparentage testing in particular, click here or call us at (816) 875-9301 today.

What is Y-DNA, and Why Should I Know for My DNA Testing?

After spending time with your relatives after the holidays, are you more curious about your genetic background?

Whether you’re just starting your ancestry research or you have been digging into your family history for a while, it’s important that you know your DNA basics.

Today, we are exploring what Y-DNA is, and how DNA testing can help you gain information from your Y-DNA.

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