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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…

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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…

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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…

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DNA Sequence of Genghis Khan’s Descendant

Scientists in China have completed the genome sequence for Genghis Khan’s direct descendant—the first complete genome sequence from a representative of the Mongolian population. The unnamed man is Khan’s 34th- generation descendant, who was chosen for his fully defined family pedigree dating back to the 13th century, and the absence of intermarriage with other ethnic…

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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…

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Immigration DNA Testing

The OC Register is running a series of stories entitled “Faces of Immigration,” featuring real-life stories of people whose lives have been affected by immigration. This week’s article features how a DNA test allowed a 19-year-old Vietnamese boy to finally reunite with his mother: he was 10 years old when his immigration case was first…

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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…

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