DNA Testing and Adoption: An Interview

If you are interested in how DNA testing can provide answers to the many questions that come up in situations touched by adoption, you’ll want to tune in to an interview with DDC’s chief science officer, Dr. Michael Baird, conducted by Donna Montalbano of Adoption Discussions, a radio program broadcast by WOON in Rhode Island,…

DNA Testing for Legal Professionals

DDC serves all types of clients, from the private individual seeking to quietly solve a family question, to agencies and attorneys who are seeking testing for the clients we represent. For this article, we’re highlighting our DNA testing services for Legal Professionals. DDC’s Legal Services team has worked with legal professionals for almost two decades,…

Identical or Fraternal? A DNA Test can Confirm

A recent article on Babycenter reports on a study in which almost 15% of same-sex twins’ parents were misinformed by their doctors about whether their twins were identical or fraternal. “A lot of parents finding out later on felt they just didn’t know their own children,” said study co-auther Abi Fisher. A simple DNA test can…

New Cell Line Authentication Guidelines

On January 31, the ATCC Standards Development Organization (ATCC-SDO) released the consensus standard for researchers to ensure the identity and authenticity of cell lines used in scientific studies. This long-awaited development comes after calls from leading scientists for improved authentication practices, which highlighted the number of cross-contaminated and misidentified cell lines that subsequently invalidated a…

A Cause for Paternity Leave

A research study conducted in Australia found that new fathers are 26% more likely to have a near-miss while driving, and 36% more likely to narrowly avoid an accident at work. The study, which included 250 men who are father to newborns under three months old, lends support to proposed legislation there that allows for…

Paternity Testing in Legal Situations

Two state court rulings last year updates long-established laws, and now allow the use of DNA testing to: Terminate child support in previously settled divorce or paternity suits when the test proves the man is not the child’s biological father, and Challenge a husband’s paternity claim in court if the unmarried man is proven to…

Bobtails and DNA Testing

Although the bobtail in the classic Christmas carol refers to “the style of the horse’s tails—a tail cut short or a tail gathered up and tied in a knot,” the fashion is not limited to horses. In fact, some dog breeds also sport a bobtail—and some animal owners been known to artificially dock a dog’s…

DNA Testing for Native Americans

A recent article in ScienceNews discusses recent research on the genetic diversity found in Native Americans today. DNA testing has been used to trace the population shifts that occurred when European explorers reached the Americas. A group of scientists have observed a striking change in the DNA of Native Americans that may correlate with the…

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…