Author: Pieter Haas

Looking For Your Birth Parents? Now DNA Samples Can Help.

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An adoption is an act that expresses the feelings of love in both the adoptee and the adoptive parent(s). It is a gift of the inner heart and soul. Despite this, whether a child is adopted by parents who have waited for a long time to get their own but failed or a step-father who adopts children of his wife and names them his surname, the above situations paint an altruistic picture.

While it is obvious that love is a key role here, and neither of the participants would ever want to spur any painful and hurtful feelings, it is true that every human being … Continue Reading

23andMe Is Ready To Start Providing Health Data Again

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Silicon Valley sensation 23andMe, a genetic testing company that used to provide ancestry and health related data to consumers, is set to resume to provide this health related trait information again. Back in November of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration had stopped them from providing the health data due to potential false positives, so now two years later they are gearing up to sell their new test kits.

After the FDA stopped them, the company was able to continue to offer ancestry information based on genetic data only, however 23andMe was not allowed to provide any data on non-medical traits like the color … Continue Reading

The Emergence of DIY DNA Testing

Today, if you want a DNA test to determine your risk for certain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or breast cancer, you have several options open to you. You can visit one of the many medical centers that offer DNA testing. Depending on exactly why you want the test, costs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. This is not counting the time and cost of going to a genetic counselor to get the results translated.
Another option is to use the services of direct-to-consumer DNA testing companies. You need to just provide a saliva sample for analysis. They do all the … Continue Reading

How To Select The Right DNA Testing Company for Your Genealogy Project

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The use of DNA testing for genealogical research became popular in the nineties with high profile cases being decided as a result of DNA use.

In certain cases, it was used to disprove relationships between people who had been long deceased. Cases like the last Czar of the Russian family and the Hemmings case both received considerable media attention.

This was the basis for genealogical research using DNA coming to the commercial market starting from the 2000s.

Today, there are numerous companies offering such services.

According to MyFamilyDNATest.com, there are 4 leading ancestry/family tree DNA testing companies in the mass market today:

  • FamilyTreeDNA’s Family Finder
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Fidelity Invests Into 23andMe.com

23andMe Inc., a Silicon Valley genetic-testing-company has managed to raise US$ 115 million in the form of venture capital finance as it gets ready to launch a new product for its clients and also enlarge its drug discovery portfolio.

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The genetic-testing company officially announced that the huge amount of funds was obtained from Fidelity Management & -Research Company. The rest of the funding was contributed by New Enterprise Associates & Google Ventures {previous investors} as well as new investors like WuXi Healthcare Ventures & Casdin Capital. The financing significantly boosted its asset base. According to reliable sources, the company is currently valued at … Continue Reading

4 Tools to Analyze Your Personal DNA

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The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing has been revolutionary, to say the least. Today, people can quickly get their DNA tested for a wealth of information.

One of the most common uses of DNA testing is in uncovering family genealogy. Using consumer DNA testing services, individuals can now uncover their family lines going back several generations. One can identify his or her racial makeup, familial ties, and geographical background.

There are many online services offering DNA testing for ancestry purposes, including leaders AncestryDNA, Family TreeDNA, and 23andme. For a quick overview & comparison of each test, check out MyFamilyDNATest.com.

Once you … Continue Reading

Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

In ancestry research are so many questions often left unanswered regarding your family history, especially if you missed some key relatives in your tree.

Hence, the need for genealogy resources online.

In this blog, we have outlined some very important tips to help as you explore the journey to family history smoothly.… Continue Reading

Facts On Common Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

Individuals who are abusing prescription drugs often have choices being made daily. They are making these choices because they are either addicted or just want to get or stay high. While every person has their own reasons, often it’s because their life isn’t in the place that they wish.Instead of changing it, they choose to be on drugs instead. While there could be different reasons, mainly it’s because they donèt have anything they want to become or have the courage to be.… Continue Reading

DNA Technology Tranforms Yet Another Industry: STD/STI Tests

NAAT Test Kit for STDs

DNA testing isn’t just making genealogy and regeneration technologies thrive. STD tests are is undergoing a DNA revolution right now, too.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) remain a reality in even the most developed society, and all sexually active people are at risk of contracting them.

As most of the STDs exist in the body without any symptoms manifesting, many go undetected, and this poses a threat to an individual’s health. Early STD testing ensures the proper management of a society’s sexual health.

NAAT Testing Takes Off

With the latest technological advancements in the DNA testing technology, it is now … Continue Reading

Ten Steps to Finding Your Ancestors

Ten Steps to Finding Your Ancestors

Family genealogy research is something many struggle with, but for millions they don’t know anything about their ancestors.

This is a real shame, because our ancestors make us who we are.  Hundreds of years may pass or even decades, but that doesn’t mean to say we should forget about our forefathers – we should take the time to get to know them.

But how?

Today, ancestry research has become a lot easier with the widespread availability of new technologies including:

  • online ancestry / family tree platforms
  • genealogy search engines, and
  • ancestry DNA tests.

 

Here are ten steps to finding your ancestors using these new … Continue Reading

Five Steps to Verifying Online Genealogy Sources

Five Steps to Verifying Online Genealogy Sources

Learning about your family genealogy can be a powerful lesson in life.

Most people want to know who they are and where they come from; this is why genealogy a much sought after tool.

But when you have the ability to learn deeply about your personal family history and read their stories, it can change the way you motivate and think about yourself.

There are dozens of great genealogy resources available online today.

However, when you’re using online genealogy services, how sure can you be? How can you verify what you learn?… Continue Reading

Using DNA Genealogy To Identify New Ancestors

DNA Genealogy Identify Your Ancestors

Did you know that your DNA can be used to identify your ancestors?

From Genetics to Genealogy

DNA genealogy uses traditional genealogy plus the latest genetic test data to understand and match you to new relatives and ancestors.

Genealogical DNA testing can mathematically determine the level of genetic relationship between two individuals.

DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, and is the information code of life. DNA is passed down from generation to generation, forever connecting relatives to one another – even if you don’t know who you are.… Continue Reading