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” »

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” »

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?

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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?” »

What Happens During Paternity Testing?


Paternity testing is used to establish a blood relationship between a suspected father and a child. Once this relationship is proven, the father is able to assume legal, parental responsibilities. It is also possible that a court could order a man to pay child support after paternity testing. Sometimes, the test results are used to prove a child’s right to inherit or their entitlement to certain benefits. Many people have misconceptions about what paternity testing involves. Here’s how the testing process goes at ARCpoint Labs of Independence.

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Do Identical Twins Have the Same DNA?

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Identical twins are particularly interesting from a genetic standpoint because their physical characteristics are precisely the same. This leads many people to wonder if twins share the same DNA.

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Is Happiness Genetic? 

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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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Why Pursue Infidelity Testing?

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Have you ever questioned if your partner is faithful? It is natural to have feelings of jealousy in the average relationship, but when that jealousy becomes suspicion, your relationship may have a problem. Read on to learn more about the warning signs of cheating and how you can know for sure if your partner has been unfaithful to you.

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DNA on Your TV: the People vs. OJ Simpson

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The OJ Simpson murder trial rocked the world in 1995. (To those of you not familiar with the Simpson case, OJ Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in June 1994.) Millions of Americans were glued to their TVs as he recklessly drove his now infamous white Ford Bronco in an attempt to escape arrest. TV cameras captured almost every event inside the courtroom up to the “not guilty” verdict. It seems fitting that 20 years later, Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens is using the medium to  give viewers a look at the case from the lawyers’ prospectives.

DNA Evidence at the Forefront of Law

OJ’s blood was found in the Ford Bronco, at the crime scene and at his own residence. The prosecution asserted that because his blood was everywhere, he must be guilty of the heinous crime, whereas the defense made the case that Simpson’s blood was planted in all three locations, and they even had Simpson try on a glove found at the crime scene. The LAPD crime lab mishandled Simpson’s DNA and contaminated, according to the defense lawyers. The defense ultimately won and left America shocked.

Story About the Most Publicized American Crime & Trial

American Crime Story: the People vs. OJ Simpson is based on the book, The Run of His Life and spans 10 episodes. Its premise details the behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuverings by both the prosecution and defense. The Simpson trial brought DNA evidence to the forefront of the American psyche and spawned other TV programs such as CSI and Bones.

Stay tuned for or more stories about DNA on TV, and be sure to read our post about Making a MurdererARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit offers forensic DNA testing for legal purposes. Contact us today at (816) 875-9301 to learn more about our capabilities.

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