Chlamydia-Damaged DNA Could Lead to Cancer

How much do we as a general public know about sexually transmitted diseases and infections? We know we don’t want them and they can be dangerous, but what makes them so dangerous? Some diseases are resistant to treatment because it mutates DNA. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease all over the world. Over 90 million new cases of genital infections occur every year. Continue reading “Chlamydia-Damaged DNA Could Lead to Cancer” »

DNA Testing Advances to Help Exonerate & Convict More Accurately

New advances in DNA testing technology can now differentiate identical twins and distinguish between two separate, but extremely close, sets of DNA. This is changing how criminal investigations can be solved, even cold and closed cases.  Continue reading “DNA Testing Advances to Help Exonerate & Convict More Accurately” »

DNA Testing Identifies Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease

In recognition of National Heart Health Month, it’s a great time to look at an advance in DNA testing that could predict your genetic predisposition to heart disease. Many Americans don’t know their family health history, would you consider it worthwhile to know your risk of developing heart disease? Continue reading “DNA Testing Identifies Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease” »

Selective Organ Therapy Possible with DNA “Barcode” Testing

Using tiny snippets of DNA as “barcodes,” researchers have created a new way of rapidly screening the ability of nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic genes selectively to specific organs in the body. This technique has the ability to accelerate the development and use of gene therapies for killers like heart disease, cancer and Parkinson’s. Continue reading “Selective Organ Therapy Possible with DNA “Barcode” Testing” »

Activity Level Could Be Linked To Cell Age

In a study at multiple U.S. universities, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it’s recently been reported that women who lead a sedentary lifestyle could have faster aging cells than those who exercise on a regular basis. Continue reading “Activity Level Could Be Linked To Cell Age” »

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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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” »

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?” »