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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How is Prenatal Paternity Test Processed?

  What exactly is a prenatal paternity test and what are their processing times?   Prenatal paternity tests, also known as Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test (NIPP), is a non-invasive paternity test that you can take before birth. Did you know that over 40% of the births taking place in the United States are to single…

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What is DNA Digital Storage?

If you’ve read any scientific articles lately, you may be hearing a lot about DNA digital data storage. Small companies are doing it. Scientists are doing. Even Microsoft is doing it. So what exactly is it?   DNA digital data storage refers to the storing of digital data in the base sequence of DNA. So…

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Can Prescription Medication Cause A False Positive?

Before you take a drug test, it’s important to answer the following question: Can prescription medication cause a false positive? The short answer — yes.   Here’s a list of medications that can cause a false positive: Amitriptyline — can test positive for LSD Bupropion (generic Wellbutrin) — can test positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, and…

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