Raising awareness for genetic conditions in the UK

Every year in the UK, the Jeans for Genes campaign raises awareness of genetic conditions and the daily challenges faced by people who have such conditions.  It also raises money to fund essential projects and research. In 2023, Jeans for Genes will take place from 18 – 24 September. Throughout the week, schools, businesses and […]

Playing it safe this Sexual Health Week

Sexual Health Week takes place in the UK from 11-17 September 2023. This year, event organisers Brook want to raise awareness of how empowering people to access sexual healthcare keeps them safe. This means giving individuals access to contraception, testing and treatment, as well as educating them on what consent, healthy relationships and pleasure mean. […]

Drug & alcohol testing for work and official matters

What is drug and alcohol testing? As a leading drug and alcohol testing laboratory, we test for a wide range of drugs and their metabolites using hair, oral fluid, urine, and nail samples. We also offer a full alcohol testing service including point-of-care breath tests, blood analysis, nail analysis, hair analysis and alcohol monitoring using […]

What is toothbrush DNA testing?

What is a toothbrush DNA test? Toothbrush DNA testing is a highly innovative DNA testing service available from AlphaBiolabs. It is a type of viability study that uses a toothbrush to extract a DNA profile for the purpose of performing a DNA relationship test. Typically, DNA tests are performed using cheek swab samples from two […]

AlphaBiolabs launches its market-leading DNA test

All relationship DNA tests work in the same way – by analysing the DNA samples of individuals and comparing them to identify matching DNA at a number of markers (loci). Every person inherits half of their genetic material from each of their parents, meaning that individuals who are biologically related are likely to share more […]

Research finds half of all sexual health testing appointments are denied

Research from the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV has found that 49% of all sexual health appointment requests in England, Scotland and Wales are denied. The study, which took place in 2022, saw a mystery shopper attempt to book appointments at 57 sexual health clinics. In the study, […]

Understanding hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day

Today (28 July 2023) marks World Hepatitis Day, a global campaign designed to raise awareness of hepatitis, including prevention, testing and treatment.  According to figures published by the World Hepatitis Alliance, over 350 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C, with one person dying from a viral hepatitis-related illness every 30 […]

International Self-Care Day 2023: It’s not selfish, it’s essential

International Self-Care Day is commemorated this year on 24th July. The event is led by the International Self-Care Foundation and has been running since 2011. Designed to raise awareness about self-care and self-care interventions, International Self-Care Day also encourages health systems around the world to promote self-care. What is self-care? The World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

DNA Test Accuracy – How do I know I’ll get the correct results?

DNA relationship testing has become readily available to everyone over the past few years, but how do you know that the results of a potentially life-changing test are accurate? In this blog, we’ll look at the accreditations and proficiency testing schemes that AlphaBiolabs has in place to ensure that your tests results are 100% accurate, […]