Gifts for twins

Gifts for twins

Buying gifts for twins can be a problem. Do you buy two lots of the same thing? Or do you buy the same present but in different colours? Or do you buy completely different items and hope they each like theirs and not their twin’s? An increasing and novel use of a DNA...
Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work

Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work

The best way for managing drug and alcohol misuse at work is for a company to outline its approach to substance misuse with a robust drug and alcohol testing policy backed up by a comprehensive workplace testing programme. A drug and alcohol testing policy is vital as...
Drug-drivers face Christmas crackdown

Drug-drivers face Christmas crackdown

Drug-driving crashes across Great Britain have more than doubled in 5 years. In 2018, there were 1321 accidents where drivers were impaired by medicinal or illicit drugs, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures. This compares with 594 in 2014. The National...
Understand nail alcohol testing

Understand nail alcohol testing

The detection of alcohol abuse using nails provides a reliable alternative to head hair or body hair testing. The techniques are similar in that both hair and nails are made from the fibrous protein keratin. As the nail grows, substances can pass from the blood...
How do I get a prenatal paternity test?

How do I get a prenatal paternity test?

Pregnancy can be an anxious and stressful time for any mother or potential father. Especially if the identity of the father cannot be accurately established. One method to solve this issue is a prenatal paternity test. The technique is used during pregnancy to...
Cannabis-based medicines approved for NHS

Cannabis-based medicines approved for NHS

Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), have been approved for use by the NHS following new guidelines from NICE. Both medicines were developed and grown in the UK. Doctors will now be able to prescribe Epidyolex® for children...
Whale bone DNA shines new light on Iron Age life

Whale bone DNA shines new light on Iron Age life

A hollowed-out whale vertebra that contained a human jaw bone and two newborn lambs is the latest in a series of bones that are being DNA tested to help better understand Iron Age life. The vertebra was probably used as a casket or some kind of vessel, says Dr Martin...
DNA test before baby is born

DNA test before baby is born

AlphaBiolabs offers an in-house prenatal DNA test to accurately determine the paternity of a baby before the child is born. This non-invasive prenatal paternity test delivers highly accurate test results. The advanced procedure preserves and analyses the...