How familial DNA can help crime victims
Using a familial DNA search, the crime lab compared the DNA left at the crime scenes with DNA samples in California's database of 1.3 million felons to search for near matches indicating possible relatives. The familial DNA search turned up 200 partial matches. Researchers then compared the Y chromosome (which is passed from father to son) found at the crime scene to the 200 partial matches. Only one result turned up: Franklin Jr.'s son, who had been convicted of a felony weapons charge. The police subsequently surveilled Franklin Jr. and directly connected him to the serial killings using [more...]
Date: 2010-07-30 13:01:05
Microfluidics and Rapid DNA Analysis « The Writer's Forensics Blog
A recent report from a research group in Birmingham, England and the Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine presented a new rapid method for DNA analysis. The researchers state that with a new DNA processing cartridge that they have developed, DNA results can be obtained in as little as four hours. This could be extremely useful to law enforcement though it does have a few drawbacks. After obtaining the analysis I would assume that it would then be uploaded into the CODIS system for comparison. The problem is that CODIS is not complete [more...]
Date: 2010-08-16 15:29:41
Gathering at Cal State LA highlights role of DNA in crime solving
Kenneth Howard, supervising criminalist for the forensic biology section of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, spoke about efforts to eliminate a DNA backlog on sexual assault kits. Howard said there were a total of 4,877 kits that weren’t analyzed. all but 200 of the cases have been out-sourced to contract laboratories, he said. He discussed the need to standardize reports to make work flow more efficient, and of automation to make it faster to do batching, the process of working case evidence samples in batches. Los Angeles Police Department Detective Rocky Sherwood said the forum [more...]
Date: 2010-09-26 06:57:08
Innocence Blog: Maryland Man Pressed for DNA Test and Made History
Posted: June 25, 2010 2:19 pm This week marks the seventeenth anniversary of Maryland fisherman Kirk Bloodsworth’s exoneration. In 1985, Bloodsworth was charged and convicted of the rape and murder of a nine year old girl. A 1992 DNA test proved his innocence after he had incorrectly served eight years in prison, two of which he spent on death row. In July of 1984, a nine-year old girl was found dead having been brutally raped, strangled, and beaten. The police received an anonymous call; the caller claimed that Bloodsworth was seen with the victim on the day of the crime. A police sketch [more...]
Date: 2010-06-25 19:19:00
EXCLUSIVE: How They Caught Grim Sleeper Suspect Lonnie David ...
Sources tell Los Angeles Weekly that the serial killer was caught through familial DNA testing after his son was arrested and had to give up a DNA swab. A month ago, LAPD detective Dennis Kilcoyne said LAPD was going to try another controversial "familial DNA" matching probe, testing against 1 million samples in the California felon database to find the killer's cousin, brother or uncle. "At least it brings a little bit of closure," Laverne Peters, the mother of victim Janecia Peters, told LA Weekly today. "It is very good news for me. I don't know whether to cry or scream." The science of [more...]
Date: 2010-07-07 21:55:24
DNA testing program altered | UC Health - University of California
The California Department of Public Health has instructed UC Berkeley not to proceed with a portion of its ground-breaking program to educate students about genetic testing and personalized medicine. The program, called “Bring Your Genes to Cal,” allowed incoming students, on a voluntary and anonymous basis, to submit DNA samples, with the promise that they would receive their personal results of tests for three common genetic variants. Some 600 of more than 5,000 incoming freshmen and transfers students have already volunteered their saliva samples and signed consent forms allowing these [more...]
Date: 2010-08-13 00:44:54
Calling All Cheaters: DNA Paternity Tests Now Available at Rite ...
Identigene, a DNA identification testing servicer, today announced that its $29.99 Identigene DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is now available for over-the-counter purchase at Rite Aid drug stores in over 30 states throughout the U.S. It was first offered on a trial basis last November in California, Washington, and Oregon. However, demand for the test was so high that Identigene decided to make the test widely available. "Over-the-counter sales offers a completely new marketing channel for DNA testing. It makes the process more convenient and affordable while ensuring reliability and [more...]
Date: 2008-03-25 15:50:22
UC Davis News & Information :: Dog-fighting DNA database ...
This includes 400 original and initial samples of dog DNA supplied by the Humane Society of Missouri and collected from dogs that were seized in July 2009 during the nation’s largest dog-fighting raid. The database is similar to the FBI’s human CODIS, a computerized archive that stores DNA profiles from criminal offenders and crime scenes and is used in criminal and missing-person investigations. DNA analysis and matching through the canine database, available for a fee only to law enforcement agencies, will help to identify relationships between dogs. This will enable investigators to [more...]
Date: 2010-06-16 07:00:00
Consumer Reports Health Blog: Who owns your DNA?
The costs of direct-to-consumer gene tests have been falling, and for under $1000 and a cheek swab or saliva sample, you can learn about a specific trait or disease risk, or get a profile of your whole genome and what it might mean according to current science. But making these tests more readily available to consumers hit some roadblocks in the last few months, when Pathways Genomics delayed plans to market the tests in Walgreens after receiving a letter from the FDA, and the University of California at Berkeley also withdrew its plan to offer individual gene analysis of three traits to [more...]
Date: 2010-09-20 10:00:00
Campus DNA testing questioned by state assembly | UWIRE
But most at Tuesday's hearing regarding U. California-Berkeley's student DNA testing program before members of a California State Assembly committee agreed the campus should have thought through the program's implications more [more...]
Date: 2010-08-11 18:47:58
Case Law Update: Voluntary Acknowledgement Wins in Competing ...
In an extremely messy case involving dramatically differing stories from the parties and the intersection of four separate statutory provisions governing paternity, the California Court of Appeals held that a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity trumped the presumption created by holding oneself out as a father. While she was pregnant and for a time after the child was born, Mother lived with the petitioner, a man (who happened to be a family law attorney) . Though he knew he was not the biological father, the petitioner held out the child as his own. This established petitioner [more...]
Date: 2009-06-23 14:11:30
Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors' blog: Walgreens Halts Plans ...
"In light of the FDA contacting Pathway Genomics about its genetic test kit and anticipated ongoing discussions between the two parties, we've elected not to move forward with offering the Pathway product to our customers until we have further clarity on this matter," said Walgreens spokesman Jim Cohn, the Washington Post reported. According to the newspaper, Pathway said in a statement late Wednesday, "We respect and understand Walgreens's decision and we are communicating with the FDA about the Pathway Genomics Insight collection kit. Pathway works very diligently to ensure that our [more...]
Date: 2010-05-13 20:00:00
True Health Is True Wealth!!: Walgreen's New DNA – At-Home Genetic ...
Freak yourself out with new at-home genetic testing kit » 11:17 AM PT, May 12 2010 Attention hypochondriacs! If you are feeling the need to seriously freak yourself out, look no further than your local Walgreens store! Yup, starting Friday you can purchase an at-home test kit that allows people who, well, worry about these things (obsessively) to see if their DNA makes them more likely to develop one (or more!) of dozens of different health conditions. Breast cancer? Check. Heart disease? Check! Alzheimer's disease? Can do! Just swab your cheek, pop it in the mail and within a week or so, [more...]
Date: 2010-05-12 21:00:00
State labs chip away at DNA testing backlog | California Watch
California law enforcement agencies have received $43 million in federal cash since 2004 to reduce the state’s DNA testing backlog. That figure – from the U.S. Justice Department’s DNA Initiative – is far more than any other state collected, with Texas coming in second with $30 million in funding. Not everyone’s a proponent of such efforts. Christopher Heaney and Sara Huston Katsanis, researchers at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, argue that targeting arrestees' DNA can be a misallocation of resources that, interestingly, ensures more money in the [more...]
Date: 2010-07-19 07:05:11
DNA Paternity Tests Available At Local Pharmacies
Feeling adventurous today? If you’re in California, Oregon, or Washington, head on down to Rite Aid and grab a Sorenson Identigene paternity test kit off the shelf for as little as $20 plus $119 for DNA analysis. Offer good while supplies last. (Ok, I added the last bit because I thought it sounded appropriate.) Here’s what you get: Three sets of cotton swabs to collect cheek samples from the child, the alleged father, and the mother (optional) Keep in mind that these paternity test results are for personal use only and would not be legally admissible. For paternity test results that you [more...]
Date: 2007-11-26 18:24:07
Family Tree DNA Adoptee Project
If you, or your child, are unsure of a biological family tree lineage, and would like a source to give some clues and answers, you might want to take a peak at what Family Tree DNA Adoptee Project offers. My father is in a couple of DNA projects for genealogical research purposes. Through a match, (someone matched him and over a dozen other Spiveys) an adopted gentleman realized his biological surname is most likely Spivey. From that information, he is searching for men named Spivey that lived in the area he was born in (California). We did initially tease my dad, but this gentleman [more...]
Date: 2010-05-13 19:38:22
UC Berkeley Modifies Freshmen DNA Testing Project
August 13, 2010 "Bring Your Genes to Cal", a genetic testing project by the University of California Berkeley, was meant to be an educational tool for incoming freshmen on personalized medicine, but has turned into education for the university on the politics and policy of medical testing, reported SF Gate. The project is part of an annual exercise in which the university involves new students in a common educational experience. This year's theme was personalized medicine. The Chronicle of Higher Education added that Mark Schlissel, dean of biological sciences, said he hoped the [more...]
Date: 2010-08-13 00:00:01
Lab earns two technology transfer awards in regional competition
Each probe tests for a particular sequence of DNA and small groups of probes can be used to check for specific bacteria or viruses. The current LLMDA has been used to test for more than 2,000 viruses and 900 bacteria. The next generation LLMDA in development will expand that capability to 6,000 viruses, 2,000 bacteria as well as fungi and protozoa organisms. Any probe that detects its specific sequence will fluoresce, which will be read by a scanner and may indicate presence of that organism. The LLMDA team analyzed the safety of rotavirus vaccines and in one case detected a benign pig [more...]
Date: 2010-08-05 15:00:00
Retail Design Diva
Identigene, a self-described "leader in DNA identification testing," says its DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit was the first DNA test ever sold in retail stores when it was offered on a trial basis beginning November 2007 in California, Washington and Oregon. I'm guessing tests (pun intended) went well, because now the DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is available for over-the-counter purchase at all Rite Aid drugstores throughout the United States, with the exception of stores in New York state (so there are some sane ones left, huh?). Here's how it works, according to the press release: [more...]
Date: 2008-03-28 11:00:00
Religion Clause: Probationer With Religious Objections Permitted ...
20, 2007), a California federal district court agreed with Elden Holmes who was on supervised release that he should be able to provide a buccal swab DNA sample rather than a blood sample because of his religious objections to having his blood drawn. The court found that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, drawing blood would impose a substantial burden on Holmes free exercise of religion, that the government lacks a compelling interest in requiring a blood sample instead of a cheek swab sample, and that forcing Holmes to submit to a blood-based DNA test is not the least restrictive [more...]
Date: 2007-02-22 13:45:00
UC Berkeley DNA testing goes before state committee | Berkeleyside
Inquiries by CRG with the California Department of Health have revealed that the School of Public Health is not licensed to perform this kind of clinical laboratory testing under California law. Furthermore, according to the California Department of Health, Professor Jasper Rine is not a medical doctor licensed to order and perform clinical laboratory tests as required by the Department. Therefore, as currently described, the program may be in violation of California’s public health laws and regulations. Finally, CRG has discovered that Jasper Rine received a four year grant for $1 million [more...]
Date: 2010-08-11 19:19:51
Beyonce Father Mathew Knowles Alexsandra Wright Baby:DNA Result
Beyonce Father Mathew Knowles Alexsandra Wright Baby:DNA Result Beyonce Father Mathew Knowles Alexsandra Wright Baby:DNA Result – It is official Beyoncé Knowles has a little brother named Nixon. Since last October a California resident named Alexsandra Wright who is known in the entertainment industry claimed that she was pregnant with Beyonce’s dad/Mathew Knowles’ baby. Well as it turned out the young woman has the proof that she is not a liar! Knowles took a DNA test to find out whether he is the boy’s dad and the results are in: He is that father of little Nixon, born February 4 [more...]
Date: 2010-03-24 14:25:01
DNA test strengthens Alanta child killings case
The FBI report said this: “Wayne Williams cannot be excluded as the source of the hair.” The finding is not ironclad. Because the hairs were incomplete, the type of testing, called mitochondrial DNA, can trace only the maternal line. Only with nucleic DNA testing, which includes paternal lineage, could the results be absolutely conclusive. When CNN showed the DNA results to victim Baltazar’s stepmother, Sheila Baltazar, she said, “Without a shadow of a doubt, I really in my heart believe Wayne Williams killed Patrick Baltazar.” Williams not only has denied he killed Patrick [more...]
Date: 2010-09-04 22:12:37
Biologists Tackle Cells' Identity Crisis
The group has now developed and tested a standardized procedure for extracting DNA from cells, doing the fingerprinting and interpreting the results.“Without policing, many investigators may not be motivated to do the necessary tests.” Many researchers already use DNA fingerprinting to test their cell lines, notes Steve Oglesbee, director of the tissue-culture facility at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The ATCC and other repositories have already established fingerprints for some of the most commonly used lines. "We're [more...]
Date: 2010-06-07 13:52:00
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: Genes & Teens ...
Tracing the Tribe is a blog about Jewish genealogy - All the developments, tools and resources you'll need to peer more closely into your family tree. Created in 2006 at JTA's request, it is now independent. Everyone - even teenagers - are interested in DNA these days. The Wall Street Journal carried a great "teens and genes" story. Ann West, 17, of Cupertino, California can be called somewhat obsessive about analyzing her family's DNA. The self-taught teen has been decoding her family's genome and has spoken at major conferences Her father was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in [more...]
Date: 2010-10-05 11:00:00
DNA test strengthens Atlanta child killings case | Akira Daily News
Because the hairs were incomplete, the type of testing, called mitochondrial DNA, can trace only the maternal line. Only with nucleic DNA testing, which includes paternal lineage, could the results be absolutely conclusive. When CNN showed the DNA results to victim Baltazar’s stepmother, Sheila Baltazar, she said, “Without a shadow of a doubt, I really in my heart believe Wayne Williams killed Patrick Baltazar.” Williams not only has denied he killed Patrick Baltazar, but has said he never met the boy. Yet testimony at trial established various fibers found on the Baltazar clothing [more...]
Date: 2010-06-09 14:12:26
Child Support and Paternity Testing
In the last mentioned case, the person claiming child-support is the one who needs to show proof-of-paternity; while in the previous example, the one who needs to prove a relationship with the child is the one desiring custody. While “reasonable” expectations and common law have traditionally been relied upon, a solid punch has been landed to the stomach of common practices for paternity claims acceptance by the science that backs up DNA testing. Currently, a growing amount of stunned fathers are facing the surprising reality that one, if not more, of the children they believed were [more...]
Date: 2010-09-27 14:54:54
Rape Kit Examination Leads to Solving Crimes - The Daily Beast
Like many victims, the courageous teen spent the next several hours in a hospital emergency room, where doctors examined her and prepared an evidence collection kit that they knew could supply a forensic link to the stranger who committed the devastating crime. The exams are intrusive and impersonal, too, yet survivors submit to them in hopes that the results will bring a perpetrator to justice. But there were no DNA databanks operative at that time, and no suspect against whom to compare the DNA left on the young woman's body. So her evidence kit was stored alongside thousands of others in [more...]
Date: 2010-09-29 02:42:17
Denial Of Paternity – Nichole M. Deland – Dallas County Texas
DNA Paternity Testing indicates that David Deland is excluded as biological parent of. Nichole M. Deland. 8 September 1996. Superior Court Riverside County California (Case Number 163829) grants dissolution of [more...]
Date: 2010-10-03 16:36:07
The Medical Quack: UC Berkeley DNA Testing Program Changes and ...
Around 700 students though already have their results so there were in under the wire. The test still will be conducted but with anonymous identities and used for research. No word yet on any changes at Stanford as their program offers interpretations and are not used for research and the program is offered to medical and graduate students in the form of an eight-week elective summer class so it’s not a mass testing. Stanford cannot use the students' physical DNA samples for research because 23andMe destroys DNA samples after testing, and Navigenics—although it may preserve the [more...]
Date: 2010-08-15 06:39:00
Popular Mechanics Posts 2010 BREAKTHROUGH Awards — The Gadgeteer
While working at the National Institutes of Health in the early 1990s, Venter developed a way to rapidly discover genes by exploiting snippets of DNA called expressed sequence tags. In 1992, he founded The Institute for Genomic Research, and, three years later, he and a team decoded the first genome of a free-living organism. That led to Venter’s best-known breakthrough, mapping the human genome. Last May, he achieved a defining moment in the history of biology when he inserted digitally created DNA into a living bacterium, forming the first synthetic life. His ultimate goal is to design [more...]
Date: 2010-09-28 20:43:25
Progenika Receives CE Mark for First DNA Chip to Detect Mutations ...
The Leading Information Source for Chronic Disease Research and Management Metabolic Type I Diabetes Type II Diabetes Neuropathy Retinopathy Thyroid Disorder Addisons Disease Dialysis Kidney Disorders Obesity Cardiovascular Hypertension Cardiac Arrythmias Coronary Artery Disease Heart failure Angina Central Nervous System Parkinson's Disease Schizophrenia ADHD Anxiety Depression Epilepsy Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Alzheimer Dementia Fibromyalgia Lou Gehrig's Respiratory Asthma Bronchiectasis Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Obstructive Airways [more...]
Date: 2010-09-27 08:54:00
Interesting Reading #557 – Padlock death test, Death of syringes ...
Interesting Reading #557 – Padlock death test, Death of syringes, Death of depression, Death of McMansions and much more… by Marshall Brain | August 19, 2010 1 Comment | Add Comment Can Your Padlock Withstand a Bullet? Abusive Lab Test – “A padlock can be all that stands between a burglar and a shed or lockbox full of property. But how well can it really handle the tools of a determined thief (or years of bad weather, for that matter)? To find out, we enlisted the expertise of our friends at Minnesota’s Environ Labs testing facility, where we put four models—from cheap [more...]
Date: 2010-08-20 03:20:34
autism center of pittsburgh – Do Cell Phones Really Cause Cancer ...
Drs. Singh and Lai reported a decade ago that cell phone radiation quickly causes DNA single-strand and double-strand breaks at well below the current federal safety level for exposure. This causes a condition called micronuclei. Dr. George Carlo is a public health expert who conducted wireless technology research. He showed that human blood exposed to cell phone radiation had a 300% increase in genetic damage in the form of micronuclei. He says that wireless technology is “potentially the biggest health insult” this nation has ever seen, bigger than cigarette smoking and asbestos. Even [more...]
Date: 2010-10-13 13:00:17
another week closer to the eschaton…
Us – and is there to remind everyone that, when travelling by air, you have the right to say “I OPT OUT” when confronted with a TSA request to what amounts to a strip search. also Portable, rapid DNA analysis tech developed – Big Brother doesn’t care whether or not you have fingerprints, and is interested in your DNA instead… more orwellian doublethink: Welfare is Employment Rights are Privileges War is Peace Illness is Health Collapse Is Recovery Judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force and yet the congress in it’s infinite wisdom has decided that, even though a judge also [more...]
Date: 2010-09-27 17:56:35
A Crash Course on Brazil and Its Endless Efforts to Save the Northeast
My first major test was met, Dr. Hillman's palestra a success. Soon I was asked to speak at a chosen audience in the auditorium of the US Embassy in Rio. The word about the Northeast and my drought expertise had made the rounds. In fact, William Warne USAID Director in Rio planned a trip to the area and asked that Helen and I join the party. My two-year assignment in Brazil was successful. I was asked to consider a job in USAID; even a possible career in the diplomatic service, but Arizona was where our hearts belonged. *** Brazilians had other reasons besides Western movies to be excited [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 06:53:44
What Should You Ask Before You Give Up DNA? (At a State Fair or ...
At the Minnesota State Fair, which runs through Labor Day, you can watch a butter sculptor carve the busts of a dairy association’s princess and her court, eat french-fried mushrooms with a chaser of Hawaiian shaved ice and see “Weird Al” Yankovic in concert. Oh, and you can stop by the University of Minnesota’s building and give samples of your and your children’s DNA for the university’s Gopher Kids Study. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, researchers are collecting information, including the genetic kind, to see if the fair is an effective way to recruit and stay [more...]
Date: 2010-08-30 17:44:59
UD professor emeritus wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry : University ...
When DNA sequencing became important, Heck chemistry made the coupling of organic dyes to the DNA bases possible." This is the second Nobel Prize winner with ties to the University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The late Daniel Nathans, who graduated from UD in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978. Nobel press release The Nobel press release, headlined “Great art in a test tube,” reads: Organic chemistry has developed into an art form where scientists produce marvelous chemical creations in their test [more...]
Date: 2010-10-06 12:01:35
Searching for cellular switches
As he “engaged science further” as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, he began to appreciate how those basic atoms and molecules came together to create the building blocks of life, such as DNA, RNA and the proteins that control the body."Understanding these basic components of life made me want to further explore how biology, chemistry and physics met at a molecular interface within cells," Buchler said. He first chose to focus on physics then directed his studies more toward biology and theory as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in Ann [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 04:00:00
Berkeley Lab News Center Press Release: New Electrostatic-based ...
In a typical experiment, a microarray is prepared and mounted in a well chamber and the DNA is hybridized (a standard technique in which complementary single strands of DNA bind to form double-stranded DNA "hybrids"). A suspension of negatively-charged silica microspheres is then dispersed through gravitational sedimentation over the microarray surface, a process which takes about 20 minutes. Because the substrate or background surface of the microassay is positively charged, the silica microspheres will spread across the entire surface and adhere to it. However, on surface areas containing [more...]
Date: 2008-06-30 16:00:00
IDT earns ISO 9001:2008 certification at its European ...
LEUVEN, Belgium: Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), the world leader in oligonucleotide synthesis, today announced that the production processes for synthetic oligonucleotides at its European headquarters in Leuven, Belgium have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. All three IDT oligonucleotide facilities (Coralville, Iowa, San Diego, California, and Leuven, Belgium) now offer ISO 9001:2008 certification, with the Coralville, Iowa manufacturing headquarters also providing ISO 13485:2003 certification for the manufacture of diagnostic oligonucleotides. In addition, IDT’s Leuven facility [more...]
Date: 2010-04-26 15:36:03
Should You Have A Gender DNA Test For Your Unborn Child
A gender DNA test can reveal the gender of the fetus as well as showing paternity and genetic makeup. The procedure has been used because many feel it is a safer method than an amniocentesis as well as a CVS. [more...]
Date: 2010-10-02 11:21:22
News flash: Death Row Execution
“However, there is no room for complacency - every execution is one too many. This is why I have made our work on the abolition of the death penalty a [more...]
Date: 2010-10-11 01:31:51
CGS : Identigene Offers Off-the-Shelf DNA Paternity Test
Identigene, a business unit of the Sorenson Genomics laboratory in Salt Lake City, caught the media's attention nationally when it recently announced the DNA Paternity Test Collection Kit is available in 4,363 Rite Aid stores in 30 states, including California, and the District of Columbia. The kit costs $30 or less, but there's an additional $119 charge for the lab processing of the DNA samples (which are collected by cheek swabs). Reaction has ranged from curiosity about consumer demand to concerns about the overall amount of self-administered DNA testing - for a variety of purposes - [more...]
Date: 2008-04-04 07:00:00
Child Support and Paternity Testing » Child Support Law
Although “reasonable” expectations and common law have always been proud of having a solid blow was landed in the stomach, paternity claims common practices accepted by the scientific community that DNA tests back. Currently, a growing number of fathers are surprised by the fact that a surprising, if not more children, they believed, they are not biologically real. Surprising revelations of this kind often bring a degree of psychological trauma that many men are not prepared to handle an extremely high number of cases that alleged the man, the father discovered, in addition to all, [more...]
Date: 2010-09-04 02:24:57
Genetic-testing services offer 'misleading' results | California Watch
Flickr photo by Horia Varlan Genetic-testing services that can be administered at home and sent off to a lab misinformed their customers, promising "DNA-based disease predictions" and more, according a government employee's testimony to a Congressional subcommittee Thursday. The testing services – three of which have California offices – were found giving "test results that are misleading and of little or no practical use" to fictitious profiles that the U.S. government accountability office created, Gregory Kutz of the GAO testified Thursday. The GAO purchased 10 tests from four [more...]
Date: 2010-07-28 07:05:18
DNA Testing and Genetic Profiles Help Avoid Broken Hearts Polls Reveal
Several states have DNA testing legislation with New York acting earlier this year to warn 31 genetic labs that they are in breach of state regulations and California ordering thirteen laboratories to cease operations. As GINA takes full force it is clear that confidence in the benefits of DNA analysis will grow.” Dr. Carey concluded, “The potential to avoid a broken heart through genetic dating, or a failed heart through early medical intervention is just to tempting to ignore.” The planned research will be carried over the Web and mobile research platform managed by morefocus media. [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 00:18:04
DNA Test Is Said to Prove Bobby Fischer Was Not Girl's Father
August 17, 2010, 3:25 pm DNA Test Is Said to Prove Bobby Fischer Was Not Girl’s Father By DYLAN LOEB MCCLAIN A paternity test ordered by the Icelandic Supreme Court to determine if the chess champion Bobby Fischer was the father of a 9-year-old Filipino girl came back negative on Tuesday, according to people involved in the dispute over his estate. Officials took a sample on July 5 from Mr. Fischer’s remains in the cemetery of Laugardaelir Church in Iceland to determine if he was the father of Jinky Young, the Filipino girl. Since Mr. Fischer’s death in January 2008, at age 64, there [more...]
Date: 2010-08-17 19:25:13
Identigene DNA Paternity Kit: Changing Families One Swab at a Time ...
Last month, I reported on the national availability of at-home DNA Paternity tests at Rite Aid pharmacies. Well, looks like the affordable kit has already been changing lives. Take Suliemon Clemens of Philadelphia, for example. Two weeks ago, Clemens wanted his twins to know that he was their father. He hadn't seen them in 14 years: "I remembered these twins when they were toddlers, and I was amazed at how they had grown up," said Clemens. "I told their mom, I just believe the children need to know the truth." As a result, Clemens marched on in to his local Rite Aid, and the lab results [more...]
Date: 2008-04-22 16:31:34
AcroMetrix Announces the Launch of Calibration Panel for CMV DNA ...
The panel was designed to provide traceable results and possess commutable properties across assay systems. A material is considered "commutable" if it behaves like a patient sample on different diagnostic platforms. The OptiQuant CMVtc Calibration Panel is intended for use as a standard to assess the performance of molecular diagnostic test procedures for the determination of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA. Accurate diagnosis of patient disease states requires reference materials that are not only traceable to a higher-order standard, but also closely mimic true patient samples, a property [more...]
Date: 2010-10-10 09:15:40