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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DNA Pop Quiz

Here’s a fun Pop Quiz to test your DNA Knowledge!   What are the outer strands of DNA made of? What do a series of 3 bases make? What is a chromosome made of? What is DNA made of? What is RNA made of? Who were the two men who established the structure of DNA?…

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Dominant Traits

What exactly is a dominant trait? Do you have them? Of course you do! A genetic trait is considered dominant when a person only has one copy of that gene, while a recessive trait is expressed only when two copies of the gene are present.   So what are some examples of dominant traits?  …

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Immigrant Visa Petitions & DNA Testing

Lately, immigration has been a huge topic in the United States. There’s a ton of talk about immigration and how to come over to the U.S. legally. Did you know that immigrants are often DNA tested to receive their immigration visas?   Individuals from all over the world seek immigrant visas when they are looking…

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