How Long Can DNA Last?

There have been numerous stories about forensics cases that were solved decades later. These types of stories may have you asking, “how long can DNA last?” The answer may surprise you.   DNA degrades over time, but depending on how it is preserves, it can still last a long time. So what is a long…

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Is the Y-Chromosome Disappearing?

For millions of years, our chromosomes have been telling us what we are. Women have two strong X chromosomes (XX) while men have one X and one Y chromosome (XY). But as time has been going on, the Y chromosome has slowly been disappearing leaving men with a strong X chromosome, but a weak Y…

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Fun Facts About Fraternal Twins

  Did you know that unlike identical twins, fraternal twins actually develop from two completely different eggs & sperm. Identical twins are formed when a fertilized egg splits into two after conception, while fraternal twins never came from the same egg and sperm to begin with. Fraternal twins don’t share the same DNA like identical…

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5 Interesting Facts about Physicist Stephen Hawking

We’re going to start towards the beginning of his life for this fact. Did you know that Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was only 21 years old? Lou Gehrig’s disease is a neurological disease that causes patients to lose control of their voluntary muscles. He initially was told that he…

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What is GPS Origins Testing?

What exactly is GPS Origins testing? Are you ready to pinpoint your ancestry (down to the CITY) with the strongest type of DNA test available? These types of tests offer DNA results that go above and beyond to provide specific insight into your own personal DNA data — most times spanning over 1,000 years.  …

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Common External Factors that Cause DNA Mutations

There are a few things that can cause DNA mutations. Realistically, almost anything can cause a mutation in DNA. Here are a few of the most common external factors that cause DNA mutations.   Radiation. Having prolonged exposure to radiation isn’t good for anyone. Did you know that it can also affect your DNA? Radiation…

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What are Haplo Groups?

A haplotype is a group of genes in an organism that are typically inherited together from a haplogroup. A haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single-nucleotide polymorphism mutation.   If you know your haplogroup, you can learn a lot more about your own ancestry.   Maternal haplogroups…

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Who is Sir Alec Jeffreys?

Have you ever been fingerprinted for a job? If you have, Alec Jeffreys invented it. Jeffreys is a British geneticist who developed techniques for DNA profiling and RNA fingerprinting. Both techniques are used worldwide for a variety of reasons. Because of this technique, hundreds of killers have been caught, the innocent have been released from…

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