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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…

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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…

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DNA Testing in Your City

If you’re wondering whether DNA Diagnostics Center provides testing services in your local area, the answer is YES. We have the largest network of certified facilities in North America—and we have testing partners worldwide. Simply call our toll-free number: 1-800-513-5768 (if you are outside the U.S., see the right side of our international DNA testing…

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Faster DNA Testing

Two recent news reports highlight new DNA testing equipment that could bring even faster DNA test results, fast-tracking diagnoses in medicine and enabling rapid human identification in national defense situations. Both are essentially superfast versions of DNA testing equipment currently used in paternity testing laboratories: A thermal cycler, which normally takes 1.5 hours to process…

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Benefits of Establishing Paternity

According to the October issue of Parents magazine, only 21 percent of American households are married couples with children—down from 24 percent in 2000, and 43 percent in 1950. The article, entitled “The New American Family,” describes how more and more Americans don’t believe you have to get married before having children—many have grown up in…

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Story Highlights: Immigration DNA Testing

An article in a U.K. paper describes the frustration a father felt when immigration officials did not believe he was the father of a boy for whom he was petitioning a visa, expressing his willingness to undergo a DNA test to prove the relationship. In the United States, a New York Times article relates the story of…

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Validating Cell Lines Using DNA Testing

The August issue of Biotechniques highlights the importance of validating the identity of cell lines used in research studies (for example, in developing cancer therapies). Cell line contamination has been a problem in many scientific studies—even those already published—the majority of which are funded by public funds and charitable grants. Because many subsequent research studies…

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