Posted on | December 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Finding the right present can be very challenging, especially when your loved one seems to have it all! easyDNA has ideal solutions for fun, memorable and completely unique gifts. Did you know that your DNA holds a vast wealth of knowledge that can be used to discover more about your past or even your future? Here are some great ideas that make wonderful Christmas or Birthday presents:
- For the History Lover: Ancestry DNA testing allows you to discover your bloodline history dating back thousands of years! With just a simple mouth swab, your DNA profile is used to make connections with known historic populations and various anthropological regions around the globe. Tap into fascinating information and learn more about your ancestors’ movements throughout the ages and which haplogroup they belonged to. Three ancestry services available: Ancestral Origins, Maternal Lineage or Paternal Lineage.
- For the Art Buff: Imagine a custom made design created using your very own genetic code! Using the DNA profile extracted from an oral swab sample a personalised DNA art piece is created, customisable by colour, media and size. It doesn’t get any better than this!
- For the health conscious: easyDNA’s Genetic Predisposition Health test for disease. This innovative test allows the participant to take control of their health by discovering their genetic risk towards over 25 different conditions and diseases. By finding out which disease/s you are at a high risk towards developing, you can take steps such as improved health and lifestyle choices, implementing an exercise plan, as well as more regular health screening for certain conditions.
Giving one of these gifts is easy, all you need to do is contact easyDNA, place your order and a DNA home testing kit will be sent directly to the recipient. Make this Christmas gift a truly imaginative one by giving your loved one the gift of knowledge.
Posted on | August 28, 2012 | Comments Off
Leading provider in Canada of DNA testing services, easyDNA, has announced the launch of its new Facebook page. Facebook is a great way for easyDNA Canada to get closer to its client base, giving them the chance to interact by leaving comments on the Facebook wall and learn more about the company and its services.
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easyDNA Ltd has offices in 6 continents and in over 25 different countries. The company’s Canada office is based in Toronto. easyDNA Ltd. was founded in 2004 and since then has worked its way to become a world leader in genetic testing services.
The Services offered by easyDNA
easyDNA’s portfolio varies from country to country but we offer the full portfolio in Canada. We specialize in paternity testing services and offer the following 4 different tests:
At home / peace of mind paternity testing- this test is the easiest and quickest to carry out. The test is done by means of a home kit. The kit contains oral swabs which you use to collect your samples. Once collected, you send them back to the lab for testing.
Legal paternity testing – this test provides court admissible results. You would typically use this type of DNA test if you need to go to court to get the biological father’s name on a birth certificate or for child maintenance.
Prenatal paternity testing – prenatal paternity testing offered by easyDNA Ca is the most revolutionary test around because it is 100% risk free. Read more about this on our FB page.
Immigration paternity testing – this test will prove your biological relationship to another person and can help with immigration procedures.
A range of other DNA tests are also offered by easyDNA Canada including relationship testing and baby gender testing. All DNA tests are carried out in ISO 170 25 accredited laboratories.
Further to this, the scope of the Canada Facebook page is to provide updates to interested people about the latest news and findings in the field of genetics as well as any new tests launched by easyDNA Canada.
Posted on | March 1, 2012 | Comments Off
Several twin studies have proved that autism is caused by certain genes. In instances in which one twin has autism, the other twin displayed autistic traits as well. Autism is a complex condition and is can take a range of forms,(for example Asperger autism) some very different from the other- it is in fact more correctly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Scientists have linked dozens of genes to autism and know that further research will uncover possibly hundreds more. The complexity of the condition makes this latter supposition feasible. A link has been found between autism and other brain disorder and moreover, the genes causing autism are even located close to other genes that are responsible for these brain disorders. These other disorders include manic depression (bipolar disorder) and obsessive compulsive disorder.
What are the symptoms of autism?
The symptoms of this condition are many and different people suffering from the condition can display very different symptoms:
- Language skills – often do not have developed language skills for their age
- Play- they have problems creating imaginary situations; often very repetitive and isolated
- Restricted and obsessive behaviour: they may only talk to one person, attach themselves excessively to people, objects, places or activities.
The list goes on. Genetic mutations have been found in children with autism. In fact, studies entire clusters of mutations present in children with autism.
There is of course the issue of whether the genes are inherited. Generally, the consensus is that spontaneous mutations take place causing autism and thus, that the condition is not necessarily inherited from parents. There may be an environmental component that triggers autism or triggers the genes to become active.
Further studies will indeed reveal more about the genes that are responsible for autism.
Posted on | November 18, 2011 | Comments Off
Justin Bieber, one of the biggest names in the current pop scene, has recently been involved in a paternity testing lawsuit. But the 20 year girl who had originally filed the paternity lawsuit has withdrawn it and things might be settled out of court- if that is, Justin Bieber agrees to it. It seems many are hopeful that paternity test results will clear the claims.
Justin’s legal team and Mariah Yeater’s lawyer seem to be sorting something out so as not to have to go through the courts; it seems the paternity DNA test will still be carried out. Back in July, Yeater gave birth to the baby boy she claimed Beiber had fathered. She named the child Tristan. Mariah and Bieber had a brief affair following a concert. Bieber who is is currently dating Selena Gomez has consistently denied the allegations made by Yeater claiming he never even met her.
Justin Bieber lawsuit: How is a paternity test carried out?
DNA sampling for a paternity test is nowadays carried out using oral swabs. Oral swabs are rubbed inside the mouth to collect cheek cells. The quantity of cheek cells in such a sample is of course smaller than a blood draw, but today’s advanced DNA analysis techniques ( a technique known as polymerase chain reaction) allow scientists to work with very small quantities of DNA.
Once the DNA profile has been extracted for the alleged father, child and mother paternity can be confirmed or excluded. If the DNA profiles of the alleged father and the child show a perfect match with all genetic markers corresponding, then without shadow of a doubt, the man in question is the biological father of the child. The paternity testing case involving Justin Bieber has still not reached a resolution. A paternity test will undoubtedly solve any claims.
Posted on | November 16, 2011 | Comments Off
Thinking about paternity testing during pregnancy? Are you informed about the methods of prenatal paternity testing? Do you know about the risky methods and the risk-free methods? Are you even sure you are pregnant? The information here provided should be a good starting point for you.
What are the symptoms of Pregnancy?
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Pregnancy symptoms are many and not every expectant mother will exhibit the same symptoms. In fact, symptoms are bound to differ immensely from one pregnant mother to the next. Also, a woman might have different symptoms in one of her pregnancies than in another subsequent pregnancy.
Am I pregnant?
The following are common symptoms:
- Tiredness and fatigue: these symptoms occur pretty early in the pregnancy- in fact in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. You cannot definitively attribute tiredness or fatigues to pregnancy however, as these symptoms are exhibited in many other conditions such as depression.
- Morning Sickness: this is probably the most clichéd symptom of being pregnant. It is true many expectant mother’s do feel mild to intense nausea when they are pregnant and typically, this will occur in the morning. Considering changes in the body during pregnancy, this is no surprise. Again, do not be quick at concluding that you are pregnant- nausea is a pretty common symptom linked to stress or upset stomachs. You can confirm pregnancy by doing an over the counter pregnancy test.
Pregnancy DNA test: New, non Invasive
A totally risk free non invasive pregnancy DNA test has been developed by some top laboratories. All that is needed for scientists to analyze the baby’s DNA is a blood sample. A doctor can take the samples using a syringe – in this maternal blood sample there will be a mix of the mother’s DNA and the fetal DNA; the fetal DNA will be in much smaller quantity than the mother’s DNA and can be either cell-free or cell enclosed. Using a highly advanced method to analyze the parts of the fetal DNA known as single nucleotide polymorphism, scientists can map the child’s genetic profile.
For the prenatal paternity testing, a DNA sample from the alleged father is required. Although to some the following statement may be obvious, it is worth making clear: you cannot determine paternity with just a profile from the mother or the child.
In line with non invasive prenatal paternity tests, are also non invasive gender prediction tests. The sex of the unborn baby can today be known not with a blood sample but with a urine sample. Again, it is important to realise that this is a DNA test and not a home test.
Paternity Testing during Pregnancy using Invasive sampling Methods
Invasive fetal sampling methods carry risks- they can endanger the unborn baby’s as well as the mother’s life. The chances or the probability of the risks materializing are very small but very real. In some countries, perception of carrying out amniocentesis and CVS is very negative simply because of the risks inherent in these tests. Prenatal paternity testing can be done via amniocentesis or Chorionic villus sampling- the former involves insertion of a needle via the abdomen into the womb and the latter involves insertion of a catheter into the womb via the cervix (entrance to the womb). If you require paternity testing during pregnancy, the most apt choice would be the non invasive type.
Posted on | October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment
Gender prediction testing can be carried out with blood or with urine. It is important that whichever of the two you opt for, you ensure that they are actually DNA tests and
not any other DIY test that provides you with instant results at home. A competent laboratory should be undertaking the analysis of your sample to determine the sex of your child by means of a DNA test.
Urine DNA baby gender testing to determine whether you will have a baby boy or baby girl is pretty accurate, although a more recent and revolutionary method than blood. You are in fact likely to stumble across more companies offering the test with blood than with urine. The gender test using a sample of maternal urine offers a very high success rate of around 99%.
With blood, a gender prediction test is still over 95% accurate in determining the sex of the child and the test can be carried out in the easy and comfort of your own home. However, one of the major disadvantages of some baby gender tests is that they require blood and are thus, invasive tests. A home kit will be sent out to the address you specify which will enable you to complete the sampling for the baby gender test.
Using Maternal Urine and Maternal Blood Samples
To be able to carry out either baby gender test you will need to know how far along in the pregnancy you have arrived. With either test, you should not go ahead unless you are at least 9 weeks pregnant. Knowing the time of conception is important for baby sex prediction and can easily be done if you have regular periods. The baby gender test with blood can be done as early as the tenth week from the first day of the last menstrual period. If you have irregular periods, knowing when you released an egg is harder. You could try and count backwards from the day you tested pregnant- this can give a fair idea of the time you conceived.
Both tests using blood or urine rely on identifying the male DNA in the maternal blood or maternal urine. The fetal DNA finds its way into the mother’s blood through the placenta (a point of exchange for nutrients and oxygen between the fetus and the mother). The blood will get filtered in the kidneys and the fetal DNA will pass out in the maternal urine. This means that sample, urine or blood, will provide fetal DNA in it.
Urine samples are also used in some other types of baby gender tests. These tests require the pregnant mother to urinate in a cup and wait for a change in colour; one colour indicates a boy and another a girl. These tests lack scientific backing; they claim to be able to detect male or female hormones in the mother’s urine. Gender prediction testing should be scientific. Make sure you pick the right company to do it.keep looking »