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Understanding twin DNA: Can identical twins look different?

As a provider of twin DNA testing, we are often asked about the science behind twin DNA, especially when it comes to identical twins. One of the most common questions is whether identical twins can look different from one another… Surprisingly, they can! So, how can you ever know whether twins are truly genetically identical? […]

Baby gender testing – what you need to know

Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant parents as they wait for the arrival of their new bundle of joy. But one of the most significant milestones is when they finally have an answer to that all important question – boy or girl? If you are expecting a baby, or know someone who is, you […]

Stress Awareness Month: creating a healthier working environment

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK: an annual campaign designed to shed light on stress and encourage open dialogue about stress management and prevention. The theme for this year’s Stress Awareness Month – which was founded by the Stress Management Society in 1992 – is #LittleByLittle. The aim being to recognise how small, […]

Government bans 15 synthetic opioids

The UK government has banned 15 additional synthetic opioids in a bid to reduce drug-related deaths and crack down on suppliers. The substances, including 14 nitazenes, are now categorised as Class A drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Crime and Policing Minister, […]

Celebrating diversity and uniqueness this World Down Syndrome Day

Today (21 March) marks a special occasion in the global calendar, as families around the world celebrate diversity on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). Designed as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote inclusion, 21 March was chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down’s syndrome. In the […]

Healthcare Science Week: improving health and wellbeing across the UK

This week (11-15 March) is Healthcare Science Week: a national celebration of the vital contribution that healthcare science makes to patient care and wellbeing. Organised by the NHS, Healthcare Science Week is open to anyone with an interest in healthcare science, with a focus on how the discipline has aided the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment […]

We have our first Giving Back winner of 2024

For every testing instruction that we receive from family law and social work professionals this year, we will enter the name of the customer into our bimonthly Giving Back charity draw. We have now made our first draw and are pleased to announce that the customer randomly selected was Andrew Sibson, a Legal Officer at […]

International HPV Awareness Day – what you need to know about HPV

Today (4 March) is International HPV Awareness Day: a global campaign designed to raise awareness around the human papillomavirus (HPV) and related diseases. HPV refers to a group of more than 100 viruses, many of which are sexually transmitted during penetrative sex, or via close skin-to-skin contact or sexual touching. According to figures published by […]

Buyer beware – what are users really getting when they buy drugs on the street?

As a leading provider of drug testing services for members of the public, the legal sector, and the workplace sector, we are used to receiving questions from sample donors regarding their drug test results. This is especially true when an ‘unexpected’ substance is found to be present in their sample. But how does this happen? […]

Nacoa celebrates 15 years of COA Week

International Children of Alcoholics (COA) Awareness Week, the annual campaign to raise awareness of how children are affected by parental alcohol problems, is celebrating its 15th year. The campaign, running from 11 until 17 February, and led in the UK by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa), casts a light on the fact […]