How can I get a DNA test for free?

How can I get a DNA test for free?

A question that our Customer Services team get asked regularly is: Can I get my DNA test for free on the NHS? The straight answer is No. Paternity tests aren’t available on the NHS. What the NHS advises is that you discuss your situation with your GP [1]. They can...
Vaping could pose serious health risk to DNA

Vaping could pose serious health risk to DNA

The advantages that vaping has over traditional cigarettes are well documented: no tobacco, no tar, no carbon monoxide, no smoke and less harmful effects to teeth and gums. An e-cigarette contains about five chemicals, while a traditional cigarette contains about...
How much DNA do we share?

How much DNA do we share?

It is well known that chimpanzees are our closest relative as a species: we share at least 98% of our genome with them. Cats have 90% of homologous genes with us and with dogs it is 82% [1]. Two unrelated humans share 99% of their genomes by virtue of being the same...
DNA-based test can detect cancer before symptoms

DNA-based test can detect cancer before symptoms

Researchers have developed a blood test that can detect the presence of eight common cancers long before a person even becomes aware of any symptoms. Called CancerSEEK, the blood test detects minute amounts of DNA and proteins released into the bloodstream from cancer...
Drug users turn to diarrhoea pills to get high

Drug users turn to diarrhoea pills to get high

Individuals are using an over-the-counter anti-diarrhoea drug to satisfy their opioid addiction. By ingesting as much as 400 pills a day, some patients say it can give them the same high feeling as heroin and morphine. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is...