Posted on | December 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Finding the right present can be very challenging, especially when your loved one seems to have it all! easyDNA has ideal solutions for fun, memorable and completely unique gifts. Did you know that your DNA holds a vast wealth of knowledge that can be used to discover more about your past or even your future? Here are some great ideas that make wonderful Christmas or Birthday presents:
- For the History Lover: Ancestry DNA testing allows you to discover your bloodline history dating back thousands of years! With just a simple mouth swab, your DNA profile is used to make connections with known historic populations and various anthropological regions around the globe. Tap into fascinating information and learn more about your ancestors’ movements throughout the ages and which haplogroup they belonged to. Three ancestry services available: Ancestral Origins, Maternal Lineage or Paternal Lineage.
- For the Art Buff: Imagine a custom made design created using your very own genetic code! Using the DNA profile extracted from an oral swab sample a personalised DNA art piece is created, customisable by colour, media and size. It doesn’t get any better than this!
- For the health conscious: easyDNA’s Genetic Predisposition Health test for disease. This innovative test allows the participant to take control of their health by discovering their genetic risk towards over 25 different conditions and diseases. By finding out which disease/s you are at a high risk towards developing, you can take steps such as improved health and lifestyle choices, implementing an exercise plan, as well as more regular health screening for certain conditions.
Giving one of these gifts is easy, all you need to do is contact easyDNA, place your order and a DNA home testing kit will be sent directly to the recipient. Make this Christmas gift a truly imaginative one by giving your loved one the gift of knowledge.
Posted on | August 22, 2012 | Comments Off
easyDNA Ireland has joined the social networking world and launched its very own Facebook page. Our FB page helps clients get closer to us, we to get closer to them, help to keep abreast with changes, share thoughts with us and find out the latest news.
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easyDNA Ireland is a leading provider of DNA testing services and is based in Dublin. The company has been operating in the field of DNA tests for several years and offers the most complete range of DNA tests available to date.
The most recent tests launched by easyDNA include:
Non invasive prenatal paternity testing: we are indeed glad to have launched the safest paternity test in pregnancy after so many years of research. This test makes it possible to determine the paternity of the unborn baby with an accuracy of 99.9%. All we require for this test are maternal blood samples and samples from the alleged father.
Gender DNA testing with maternal urine: this test will make it possible to discover the sex of your unborn baby at just 9 weeks with an accuracy of 99%. This is by far the most accurate gender test available. You can learn more about these tests by visiting or FB page.
easyDNA Ireland specialises in paternity testing. Besides prenatal testing for paternity we we also offer a range of other paternity tests including the at home paternity test, the legal paternity test and paternity testing for immigration. In cases where the alleged dad is not available for the test, you can opt for one of our many relationship tests. Any questions, just take a peak at our Facebook wall, leave your question or just contact us directly from our website.
Posted on | May 18, 2012 | 2 Comments
There are two types of paternity tests: the legal paternity test or the at home paternity test. It is not unusual for people to think they need the former type of test when in reality they can do with the peace of mind or at home paternity test. Let’s begin by seeing the different between the two DNA tests and then move on to help you decide which is best for you.
For either paternity test you will need to provide a DNA samples which is taken using mouth swabs. Whilst in the at home DNA test you can collect your samples, pack them and post them, in the legal test, things are somewhat different. In fact, you will need to have the samples taken by someone else- and not anyone. It will have to be a neutral third party exercising a profession such as a doctor or lawyer. This person will be required to take the DNA samples and fill in the paper work. There is a whole procedure in place which has to be followed for the legal test. For the home test, things are more straightforward and lax. To clarify a point, an at home paternity test will most likely have no legal validity; therefore, at a later stage you might need to consider doing a legal paternity test.
You do not need to do a legal test unless you are sure you will be going to court. All you need to do to help you decide which test you need is ask yourself: I am 100% sure this child is not mine? Am I only seeking to solve a doubt? If your answer is the latter, than definitely, do an at home paternity test rather than a legal paternity test.
Posted on | May 14, 2012 | 1 Comment
The X chromosome is far more complex than the Y, male specific chromosome. Fragile X syndrome is a condition which is attributed to the X chromosome. Whilst the Y chromosome only carries a few hundred genes, the X chromosome carries thousands. The Y chromosome only encodes the characteristics of maleness.
Like Y chromosome testing can be used to establish biological relationships between males, the X chromosome test is used to determine biological relationships between females.
Diseases resulting from abnormalities in the X Chromosome
Fragile X syndrome, a condition which affects more males than females, develops as a result of changes on the X chromosome. It is considered to be the most common form of inherited disabilities.
This X chromosome abnormality means that the brain is deprived from the protein needed to enable it to develop properly because the protein in non synthesised by the responsible gene on the X chromosome. The symptoms of fragile X syndrome include a large body size and delays in the acquisition of language skills. It is one of the principal genes that is known to be linked to autism.
Fragile X syndrome is also referred to as:
Fragile X syndrome (FXS),
Martin Bell syndrome
X chromosome Test
The X chromosome test is the ideal test if you are two or more females who wish to know if you have the same dad. X chromosomes in males are inherited from their mother whilst and X chromosome in females are inherited from both their mother and their father. The test gives a very accurate result.
The X test, as the X chromosome test is sometimes called, is what you can opt for in order to establish paternity. Yes, ideally, the first choice to consider is a paternity DNA test but in some cases the alleged father might not be available and in this case, it would not be possible to get his DNA sample. A range of relationship DNA tests are available to help solve just about any questions about familial relationships- the X chromosome test is one of them.
Conditions for an X chromosome test
- If female siblings have the same biological mother and want to know if they have the same father they can do and X chromosome test – however, in this case, the mother’s sample is essential and the test cannot be done without it.
- If the females involved have different mothers then it is possible to go ahead with the test even without the mother’s sample.
X Chromosome test results
This test is extremely accurate- a positive and conclusive result means a complete match between the X chromosome profiles of the females involved. In some instances genetic mutations can mean 1 or 2 genetic markers will be mismatched between the genetic profiles; in cases of just 1-2 markers, the result will be inconclusive- it is not possible to say that the females share the same dad but neither to exclude the possibility.
3 or more mismatched markers are a clear exclusion. We can conclude by saying that the X chromosome test is highly accurate and reliable. Genetic mutations on the X chromosome are rare.
Posted on | May 9, 2012 | Comments Off
David Caren, the founder of popular website Dad.ie, delivers a long overdue, practical, straight-talking pregnancy guide for Irish expectant dads – all from a dad’s perspective. Becoming a dad is one of the most important life-changing events to occur in a man’s life. But while there are hundreds of books out there for mums-to-be, there is precious little for Irish dads-to-be – until now, that is!
easyDNA Ireland is a leading online paternity testing provider and recommends David Caren’s book as it provides sound and relevant information – a great companion for Irish dads-to-be. Caren tackles the most important issues and tones them down to make them pleasurably readable and memorable.
David Caren’s new guide is a practical reassuring read, written by a dad for dads. Combining real-life experiences from Irish dads who’ve been there, tried-and-tested dad tips, and expert views, it accompanies the expectant dad through each trimester, every mood swing (his’n’hers), the main event (labour!) and those first weeks of new family life.
In writing The Irish Dad’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond the author strived to make the content accessible, fresh and reassuring, when it called for a more medical approach to certain topics he relied on the help of a GP (and expectant dad at the time too!) to ensure that any terminology appeared in dad-friendly plain speak. To put expectant dads further at ease, a seasoned midwife and lecturer in Midwifery patiently answered all the important questions regarding the delivery including ‘Where do I stand in the labour ward?’ and ‘What if I feel faint?’…
‘Surviving the first six weeks’ after the birth plays an integral part in the book. Naturally becoming a dad is considered to be one of the most important life-changing events to occur in a man’s life; however, in the months leading up to seeing your baby, dad can often feel side-lined with the reality of the situation not kicking in until he is cradling his newborn in his arms for the very first-time.
The Irish Dad’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond is available from all good bookstores and online here…
The Author also has a website: http://www.dad.ie/
Posted on | March 1, 2012 | Comments Off
DNA contamination makes analysis of the sample more difficult, if not impossible. DNA testing is lengthy and expensive procedure so ensuring you send in samples that are optimal for testing is important.
DNA testing for paternity will often involve taking your own DNA samples. It is in fact very important to be careful about how you collect your samples so as to have clear, accurate results. You will normally use a mouth swab to collect your samples and will have to follow a few basic steps.
- Avoid eating or drinking as particles from these can contaminate the sample (water is fine)
- Avoid swabs from different people coming into contact with each other as this will provide a mixed profile.
- Allowing swabs to dry before sealing them into an envelope is also important as these can mould if spores have landed on then and will germinate under the right conditions (mainly humidity).
- Companies supplying DNA tests acknowledge that there can be an error on behalf of clients taking their own samples and in fact will likely provide two swabs per person, just in case one swab does not contain enough DNA to conclude the test
Polymerase Chain Reaction and DNA contamination
When sending in forensic samples, such as stains of blood or semen, it is not always easy to determine whether these samples are suitable for testing. Exposure to chemicals such as soaps or other detergents may contaminate the DNA sample. PCR analysis or polymerase chain reaction may prove useless if samples are not up to standard. If PCR contamination takes place, you will need to resend damples. When sending in forensic samples, such as stains of blood or semen, it is not always easy to determine whether these samples are suitable for testing. Exposure to chemicals such as soaps or other detergents may contaminate the DNA sample.
If there has been contamination with DNA samples rest assured the lab will realize and you will be contact to perhaps send in new samples. Infidelity DNA testing allows scientists to sometimes work with degraded DNA profile as sometimes, they will only need to establish the presence of Male DNA or female DNA.
Paternity DNA testing is more straightforward than forensic investigations and analysts know exactly what they are trying to establish, that is, a biological relationship between alleged father and son.
In paternity tests, analysts only work on one specific case at a time so contamination of samples does not occur in the laboratory. If DNA contamination does happen, it is normally as mistake in the way samples have been collected.keep looking »