DNA testing

Maybe you did it for the extra cash. Maybe you wanted to be part of the sperm cube public art project. Whatever the reason, it's possible, just possible, your sperm took on a life of it's own, once you left it.

And now that a genome is no longer an entirely personal bit of information, you may be in for a surprise meeting someday, with the end result.

That's right.

Male adoptees are getting their DNA tested and getting information about their possible ... Read more

Every fall, we had to confront it. People would let their dogs run around on the field in the morning and by the time soccer practice started, the field would be full of deadly doo.

i-a95895440768dd778c90dd5ee356b5b2-koko_face.jpgThere's nothing that hurts soccer practice more than a soccer ball or shoes that went through a pile of dog poo.

That's why I'm so exciting to see this new application for DNA testing. ... Read more

Ancestry tests aren't just for humans anymore. We went to Petco this weekend to buy dog food and found brochures for doggy DNA testing. Now, those of you with dogs of uncertain parentage need puzzle no longer. According to Petco, their SNP test (what is a SNP?) can identify over 100 different breeds and they'll tell you which breeds are represented in your dog and whether your dog's breeding is mixed (or pure).

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If you like ham and bacon, you might be interested in this. GenomeWeb reports that researchers at the University of Barcelona have developed an assay that tests 46 SNPs and can be used to trace the origin of your pork dinner.

According to GenomeWeb, the test identifies both the breed and origin of the animal.

The university and the company said meat traceability is necessary to ensure consumer safety, particularly in cases of infectious disease outbreaks or accidental feed contamination.

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i-e3899186ef576991098fed4ff62eab0f-small_dice.gif'Tis the holiday season and, according to ancient lore, the time when miraculous events are most likely to take place.

One of those well-known and miraculous events of ancient days was the birth of a son to a young girl, who, although she was married (Okay, I'm not sure about this part of the story) she was said to be a virgin and the birth to be a miracle. ... Read more

GenomeWeb reports that Rite Aid drug stores on the West coast are now selling kits for doing paternity tests. The kits are made by Sorenson Genomics in Utah.

Sorenson Genomics calls it the "peace-mind-test." Really!

Each kit contains a swab for collecting cheek cells from the inside of your mouth and a container for mailing the sample to the lab.

As far as I can tell, you buy the kit for $29.99, take a sample, fill out ... Read more

Since DNA diagnostics companies seem to be sprouting like mushrooms after the rain, it seemed like a good time to talk about how DNA testing companies decipher meaning from the tests they perform.

Last week, I wrote about interpreting DNA sequence traces and the kind of work that a data analyst or bioinformatics technician does in a DNA diagnostics company. As you might imagine, looking at every single DNA sample by eye gets rather tiring. One of the things that informatics companies (like ... Read more