Prenatal paternity testing: what you need to know

Prenatal paternity testing: what you need to know

Prenatal paternity testing is an incredibly useful tool, making it possible to identify a baby’s biological father before the baby is even born. In this blog, we look at what you need to know when ordering a prenatal paternity test, how the process works, and what samples are required for testing. How does a prenatal […]

Why DNA testing is the only accurate way of verifying paternity

Why DNA testing is the only accurate way of verifying paternity

DNA profiling has been available for over 40 years, thanks to techniques developed by Sir Alec Jeffreys in 1984. By 1988, DNA fingerprinting was available for paternity testing (Adams, 2008). However, before the availability of modern-day DNA testing, people would look at different traits, such as blood type, physical resemblance, and behavior to determine the […]

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? […]