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” »

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” »

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” »

DNA Testing & Technology Makes for Better Prescriptions


Your genetic makeup is responsible for many things: your height, your eye color, your complexion, and even how you respond to prescription medications. A growing number of physicians are turning to pharmacogenetics to see how people who claim workers’ comp will respond to prescription drugs such as opioid pain relievers.

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Easy Ways to Learn More About Your Ancestry

It is natural to wonder about where you come from and who your ancestors were. Many families did not keep extensive records of their history, leaving it to later generations to solve the mysteries of genealogy.

Fortunately, modern technology makes it easier for us to delve into the past and uncover the truth about our family origins. Today Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit will share some simple tips to help you unlock the secret of your past.

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What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There are several different kinds of paternity testing available to confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll be taking a look at your paternity testing options. There are pros and cons with each type of paternity testing, so you should know all the facts first.

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DNA Tests Provide Global Map of Genetic History

As we’ve said in the past, DNA tests can reveal fascinating things about an individual’s genetic history, including their ancestral roots and even their rare medical conditions.

A recent study published in Science has highlighted another interesting use of DNA tests. Researchers have pinpointed, dated, and characterized historical genetic mixing, creating a global genetic map that gives us deeper insight into how past populations moved and changed — and how notable historic events shaped our genes.

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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 Test Smartly 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 Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit!

Test Smartly 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 Test Smartly Labs:

Not Sure Who the Father Is?

At Test Smartly 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 Test Smartly 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.

Test Smartly Labs at the Lawrence Business Expo

Wondering why Test Smartly 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 Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit at (816) 875-9301.