Celebrating twins in Igbo-Ora: the ‘Twin Capital of the World’

Celebrating twins in Igbo-Ora: the ‘Twin Capital of the World’

As a DNA testing laboratory offering twin DNA (zygosity) testing, we recognize the special nature of twin births. But there’s one place in the world that goes a step further – where twins are celebrated as a blessing, and people are disappointed if they do not give birth to twins; Igbo-Ora, in south-western Nigeria. Birth […]

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: the role of genetic testing in diagnosis

Celiac Disease Awareness-Month

This month (May) is Celiac Disease Awareness Month – a time to share knowledge on celiac disease and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. It develops over time because of a sensitivity to gluten – a protein found in cereal grains including wheat, […]

Sibling DNA – recognizing unique bonds this National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

Today (April 10) is National Siblings Day: a day designed to celebrate the special bonds shared by siblings across the country. Organised by the Siblings Day Foundation, National Siblings Day honors the role that brothers and sisters play in our lives. Much like on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, families celebrating their siblings are encouraged […]

Educating teens this National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

This week (March 18-24) is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), a public health initiative aimed at debunking drug and alcohol myths among teenagers. Founded in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) becoming a partner in 2016 – […]

Understanding twin DNA: Can identical twins look different?

Can identical twins look different?

As a provider of twin DNA testing, we are often asked about the science behind twin DNA, especially when it comes to identical twins. One of the most common questions is whether identical twins can look different from one another… Surprisingly, they can! So, how can you ever know whether twins are truly genetically identical? […]

Buyer beware – what are users really getting when they buy drugs on the street?

Buyer beware – what are users really getting when they buy drugs on the street?

As an accredited provider of home drug testing services for members of the public, we are used to receiving questions from sample donors regarding their drug test results. This is especially true when an ‘unexpected’ substance is found to be present in their sample. But how does this happen? And can recreational drug users ever […]

NACoA celebrates 15 years of International COA Week

COA Week 2024

International Children of Alcoholics (COA) Awareness Week is celebrating its 15th year. The campaign, running from 11 until 17 February, was founded by the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA): an organization that supports children dealing with addiction in their families, and empowers the adults who want to help them. This year, supporters can […]