DNA Basics

What does DNA stand for? DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid.   What is DNA made up of? Your DNA is made up of a string of molecules called nucleotides. Each nucleotide has it’s own phosphate group, nitrogen base, and sugar group. The four types of nitrogen bases are adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine and they…

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What Makes Us Human?

What makes us human? What makes us different from other species that are roaming the Earth with us?   All species have their own sequence of DNA; meaning every species has their own genetic makeup that differentiates them from other species. So what in our DNA sets us apart from other animals?   Let’s use…

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DNA Keywords

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), but learning some key words & phrases may be easier than you think. We’ve put together a list of DNA key words, along with their definitions, guaranteed to teach you a thing or two.   DNA: a long linear polymer found in the…

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5 Interesting Twin Facts!

Do you want to know the truth about identical twins? Keep reading to find out five truths about twins. Perhaps you will learn a thing or two. Truth One: Their parents can tell them apart. We’re sure that from the back, it can be challenging to tell who is who – but when parents of…

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DNA Myths vs. Facts

When you hear the phrase “DNA testing,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? We hear about it all the time in popular television shows and high-profile court cases, but the reality of DNA tests aren’t nearly as glamorous as the media portrays them to be. In real life, most people will get…

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What is a DNA Mutation?

Often times during the DNA testing process, a mutation can occur. When testing parties find out that a mutation occurred during their DNA test, their initial reaction is to panic, thinking that something has gone terribly wrong with their test…But thats not necessarily true .. So you’re probably asking yourself .. “What is a mutation?”…

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Mind Blowing DNA Facts!

Dioxyribonucleic Acid, better known as DNA, is our own unique genetic code in this thing we call life … DNA can be found in every cell in our body, and believe it or not, all living organisms have DNA as well. Check out some of these interesting DNA facts that may fascinate you! Humans have…

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Paternity Testing Home Kits from the Drugstore?

What could possibly be more life changing than having a baby? Well, probably finding out that the baby isn’t actually yours. In the past few years, store-bought paternity tests have become more and more readily available; but the question is: Are they readily available to provide you with reliable answers??? The test kits alone are…

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Are Cheek Swab Samples and Blood Samples the Same?

To answer that question simply, YES. When it comes to DNA testing, there are (2) common methods of collecting samples; buccal swab (cheek swab) or blood. What many people don’t know is, the results obtained when extracting DNA by swab or blood are EXACTLY the same. Here’s a few reasons why a cheek swab sample…

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