Happy DNA Day!

DNA Day this year will be celebrated on Friday, April 20. Usually set around April 25, DNA Day commemorates the date that the discovery of the DNA double helix was published by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. It was also this month in 2003 that the Human Genome Project announced the completion of the human…

DDC Unveils Cell Line Authentication Services at Scientific Conference

DDC’s associate laboratory director, Dr. Thomas Reid, will be presenting a scientific poster detailing the techniques used in DDC’s cell line authentication service this weekend at the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The integrity of cell lines used in scientific research has been shown to be compromised in many…

DNA and Thanksgiving

Discovery magazine has compiled a slideshow featuring what scientists have discovered or developed regarding the various items on your Thanksgiving menu. Entitled “The Genome of Your Thanksgiving Supper,” the 2010 article provides interesting facts about the turkey genome, which contains 80 chromosomes (humans have 46), and how potatoes and tomatoes are genetically related. The study…

Decoding the Secret to Longevity

Scientists are examining the DNA of centenarians, looking for a possible genetic link to longevity. George Eberhardt, 107 years old, is one of 100 healthy centenarians taking part in a study that ultimately hopes to identify genes that prevent age-related diseases and disorders. This study is part of the Archon Genomics X Prize competition, funded…