Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations? September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month, so this is an important opportunity to discuss getting tested for an increased cancer risk could potentially get you life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer” »

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” »

Make Your Summer Travels Safe and Simple

One of the best parts of summer is the chance to get away and explore a new place. Every year, many families go away on summer vacations looking to have fun and recharge. But if you don’t prepare properly for your trip, you are setting yourself up for a headache.

Join ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit as we look at a few ways that you can make sure that your summer travels are hassle-free.

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Using DNA Testing for Your Genealogy Research

Is one of your resolutions this new year to learn more about your origins? After spending so much time with your family this past holiday season, you might be eager to explore your ancestry — even if you’re not keen on spending another 10 hours with your talkative uncle any time soon.

You can certainly glean a lot about your past through your living relatives, and surely the older generations in your family would be happy to regale you with tales of their youth — but for a more clearly-defined picture of your distant past, conducting genealogy research with DNA testing is your best option.

Genealogy research doesn’t have to involve tracking down long-lost relatives or visiting multiple graveyards, courthouses, or libraries. With the developments in scientific technology,  simple DNA-testing — involving a non-invasive cheek swab at ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit — can help you fill in the gaps when it comes to your genealogy research. Here’s how.

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Welcome to DNA Exposes Truth by ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit!

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City logoWhen you think “DNA testing,” your mind might jump to dramatic daytime talk shows that employ paternity testing. Although we do offer pre-birth and post-birth paternity testing which is very important in legal battles, there is more our DNA services than relationship testing. We will feature all of the fascinating facets of DNA testing on our blog, from tests that can reveal your ancestry to forensic DNA testing.

To get your reading started off, here are a few posts on DNA testing shared by our fellow Kansas City area ARCpoint Labs:

Not Sure Who the Father Is?

At ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit, we offer the non-invasive paternity testing that this blog post explores. Rather than the uncomfortable, invasive amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS), both of which involve a risk of miscarriage, an expectant mother’s question of paternity can be solved with two blood draws: one from her, and one from the suspected father.

Skip the Script: Ordering Lab Work Yourself

One of the best parts of our confidential, reliable DNA testing is that you don’t need a doctor’s orders to get any sort of testing done at ARCpoint Labs — you can walk right in to our Lee’s Summit location and quickly receive the answers you seek.

Pre-Birth Paternity Testing – No Amnio needed

This post also discusses our non-invasive prenatal DNA testing, but in a little more depth. Rather than the drawn-out amniocentesis — in which a needle is inserted into the placenta to draw out some of the fetal DNA, posing a risk of miscarriage — a mother can instead get a quick blood draw. Since some of the baby’s DNA can be found in the mother’s bloodstream, the same answers can be found through our non-invasive paternity testing.

ARCpoint Labs at the Lawrence Business Expo

Wondering why ARCpoint Labs is the best choice for reliable DNA testing? This post gives some insight into why so many in the Lee’s Summit and greater Kansas City area have trusted us with their private matters of DNA testing for paternity, immigration paperwork, infidelity, custody issues, and more.

Pre-Natal DNA: You Have Options

Wondering what your options are when it comes to testing your child’s DNA to determine a paternal relationship? This post compares our non-invasive prenatal DNA testing with three other options: DNA testing on the placenta, post-birth umbilical cord testing, and a cheek swab paternity test.

Come back soon to learn more about DNA testing and its real-world uses! For more information on our DNA testing services, call ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit at (816) 875-9301.