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The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a collaboration of some of the most illustrious scientific and academic organisations in the UK and is solely dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. It includes the Medical Research Council, Cancer...

10 Fun Facts about DNA

10 Fun Facts about DNA

DNA is a very serious subject, but here are some fun facts for your entertainment. 8% of human DNA is now made up of ancient viruses that used to infect us and make us ill. We all know that we share 95% of our DNA with some types of primate but did you know we also...

I have located my lost family members. How can DNA tests help?

Once you have located unknown family members, wouldn't you like to know if you are, in fact, biologically related to them? People researching their family tree spend large amounts of time and money during their research. Wouldn't you like to know if the results you...

Can a DNA Paternity Test be Done Without the Father Knowing?

   Paternity testing by a reputable laboratory is a complex yet highly accurate process that helps establish the paternity of a person through DNA testing. By identifying the true biological father of a child, paternity testing provides clear evidence that can often...

Prince's DNA & Paternity Testing

The sudden death of music icon Prince has once again left a multi-million dollar estate up in the air, and bought new people forward asking for paternity testing to prove a biological relationship. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office is in possession of Prince’s...

Identification Techniques for Preventing Infant Mix-Ups

Infant mix-ups in hospitals could happen any day. Steve Kaufer from Inter/Action Associates, a Las Vegas security consulting firm, estimates that 1 out of every 1,000 infants is switched in hospitals. The firm interviewed more than 400 maternity ward employees across...

Paternity Testing: Twins With Different Fathers

Paternity DNA testing for twins presents unique challenges that require attention to additional details. Before beginning the DNA testing process on twins who may have different fathers, there are several factors to consider. There are two possible scenarios when the...

About Prenatal Paternity Testing

One of the questions we hear most often is —“Can I get a paternity test while I’m pregnant?” The answer is YES. There are various reasons for wanting to know the answer as soon as possible. Certainly, peace of mind throughout the rest of the pregnancy is reason. A DNA...

The Polymerase Chain Reaction

In 1993, Kary Mullis received the Nobel Prize for inventing the Polymerase Chain Reaction, also known as PCR. This procedure for making billions of copies of DNA has revolutionized modern biology and has become a standard technique for anyone studying DNA. With PCR,...

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