DNA: Solving Crimes of the Past, and of the Future

DNA: Solving Crimes of the Past, and of the Future

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The advent of modern DNA testing, sequencing, and analyzing techniques have also invigorated another area of science: forensic testing. Even 30 years ago, the science of genetics, genealogy, and DNA sequencing were poorly developed. However, in the decades since, forensic science has taken full advantage of the advancements within genetics. With these advances in DNA testing technologies, many cold cases have since been solved using simple, accurate, advanced techniques. Modern DNA testing uses ultra-fast sequencing technology. When it used to take weeks to months to sequence a sample of DNA, it now takes only hours. But why are DNA sequencing technologies so crucial to forensic science? DNA is Unique to Every Person Unless you have an identical twin, the sequence of nucleotides within your DNA is unique to YOU! That…
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DNA Methylation: The Newest DNA Frontier

DNA Methylation: The Newest DNA Frontier

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With nearly a decade of consumer genetic testing already completed, scientists are finding massive numbers of genetic correlations, genetic diseases, and genetic mechanisms that ultimately control our health and wellbeing. In this article, we will take a look at what DNA methylation is, various conditions and diseases it has been related to, as well as what to expect in the future of the DNA methylation testing industry. Plus, with raw DNA data from any of the major DNA testing companies, one organization is already offering an alternate version of DNA Methylation testing. But, you’ll need to understand some biology before you get the test. Back to Biology, A Quick Recap DNA is an “information molecule” that tells a cell how to construct proteins. Proteins are simply little machines that do…
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23andMe to create a skin disorders treatment with Almirall

23andMe to create a skin disorders treatment with Almirall

DNA Test Provider News, science
is 23andme pivoting its business? You Paid $99 for 23andMe to Analyze Your DNA. Now, Your DNA will be Used for Treatments.  23andMe, the world’s leading health-related DNA test kit manufacturer, recently announced that it has licensed a therapeutic treatment for skin inflammation - based on the DNA data it has collected from its 10 million customers.  While 23andMe does give you the option to opt-out of research efforts, nearly 80% of customers opt-in. This means that 23andMe has a pool of nearly 8 million DNA samples to analyze and draw conclusions from! (AncestryDNA Vs. 23andMe comparison shows they are the global leaders in terms of customer numbers).  With this data, 23andMe has been able to create a theoretical treatment for skin disorders. Let’s take a look at how this treatment…
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A Genetic Test for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Risk?

A Genetic Test for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Risk?

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has spread to nearly every country. At the time of this writing, over 1,000,000 people have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the center of the pandemic. The damage to the global health and economy (including the impact of coronavirus on unemployment) is unprecedented.  However, nearly 95% of cases only show mild symptoms and most of these people recover. For the other 5%, symptoms can lead to severe respiratory distress, hospitalization, and death. There are many, many reasons that some people are more susceptible to the virus than others. Poor lung health, bad circulation, and lowered immune function have all been fingered as potential culprits for increased viral susceptibility.  However, researchers at 23andMe also believe that some answers may be found in the genome. Your…
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MyHeritage to the Rescue! Working on Coronavirus Testing

MyHeritage to the Rescue! Working on Coronavirus Testing

DNA Test Provider News
MyHeritage, a company based in Or Yehuda, Israel, recently came to the country’s rescue. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the entire world is in desperate need of all the medical help they can get, MyHeritage stepped up to the plate. MyHeritage, a DNA testing company with millions of users, uses the same medical-grade cheek swabs that are needed to collect the notoriously-sneaky SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israeli Ministry of Health desperately needs testing swabs in order to ensure that the virus is not traveling across borders or within cities. Luckily, the MyHeritage supplier had an emergency supply of testing swabs hidden away just for MyHeritage. When Gilad Japhet called his supplier, he told them it was definitely an emergency and they quickly…
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Coronavirus and Your DNA

Coronavirus and Your DNA

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Quarantined from Coronavirus? Learn how DNA ancestry techniques can determine where the virus came from. To start, we would just like to say that we truly hope you, your family, and your friends are all taking care during this pandemic. Further, this article contains no advice on how to prevent the spread of viruses or any specific recommendations for those with immediate, pressing questions. You can find answers to most of those questions from your local health departments. Instead, this article is intended for all of the quarantined science nerds out there seeking comfort in the miracle of science (and how you can experience the miracle yourself!).  Specifically, we’ll be looking at how science can tell us where the coronavirus originated, and how you can use the same powerful technology…
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FamilyTreeDNA or Ancestry.com: Ancestry DNA Testing Comparing

FamilyTreeDNA or Ancestry.com: Ancestry DNA Testing Comparing

Comparisons, Genealogy
When it comes to ancestry testing, there are many different companies you can choose from. However, only a few companies can offer you the very best ancestry results at a reasonable price.  In this article, we directly compare FamilyTreeDNA with Ancestry.com, two of the main players in the ancestry DNA testing game. This compliments our previous comparison of MyHeritage vs Ancestry and 23andMe vs Ancestry. We compare everything, from company backgrounds to specific product offerings, so you can make an informed and confident decision! Comparison: Ancestry DNA and FamilyTreeDNA Side by Side [su_table] Ancestry FamilyTreeDNA Can be used for Personal Ancestry DNA Health Testing Personal Ancestry Y-DNA and mtDNA Ancestry DNA collection Saliva Collection Cheek Swab Number of SNPs tested 706,393 711,424 DNA sample stored Indefinitely 25 Years Availability Around…
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MyHeritage vs FamilyTreeDNA

MyHeritage vs FamilyTreeDNA

Comparisons
DNA testing has gotten complex! However, the editors here at CompareDNAkits have stayed on top of the industry and try to simplify everything to help consumers pick the perfect DNA testing company for their needs! In this article, we put two of the major DNA testing companies head-to-head. We will be looking at MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA. Keep reading to find out about their company backgrounds, offerings, and reputation (similarly to what we did on MyHeritage vs Ancestry comparison and on Ancestry vs 23andme). Comparison: MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA Side by Side [su_table] MyHeritage FamilyTreeDNA Can be used for Personal Ancestry Personal Ancestry Y-DNA and mtDNA Ancestry DNA collection Cheek Swab Cheek Swab Number of SNPs tested 702,442 711,424 DNA sample stored Indefinitely 25 Years Availability Worldwide - excluding France,…
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Genetic Genealogy, for FREE?! Amazing results for $0.

Genetic Genealogy, for FREE?! Amazing results for $0.

Genealogy
If you are anything like me, “free” is probably your favorite F-word.  With the free websites and free resources below, you can begin a journey of discovery into your genetic history! These sites and resources utilize a free or “freemium” business model. This means that they give away some or all of their products to entice customers to subscribe or buy into their other products. Luckily for you, the consumer, there are so many sites giving away free information right now that you can actually get a fairly comprehensive analysis of your DNA ancestry without spending a dime!   First Things First… Unfortunately, there are no companies that will just give you a free ancestry DNA test kit. To our knowledge, there is only one way to get a free…
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African Ancestry DNA Testing

African Ancestry DNA Testing

Genealogy
If you are on the hunt for your African ancestors, we are here to help you out. This article discusses DNA testing for African ancestry, and the best companies to use for black ancestry. We consider the cost, results, and benefits of each company to help you make the right decision!  Before you get started…You need to know some things before you dive head-first into DNA testing. First of all, the services offered by different companies can vary widely in price, mostly because they are measuring different things.    [su_row] [su_column size="3/4"] [su_quote]Autosomal DNA tests, offered by the large majority of DNA testing companies, measure the large majority of your DNA. Autosomal DNA is used by companies like MyHeritage and Ancestry to determine your relatively recent common ancestors. The DNA…
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