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 28, 2012 | Comments Off
Why not take a look at the easyDNA New Zealand Facebook page and begin social networking with us. Leave your comments or questions on our wall and be sure we will get back to you!
Who is easyDNA New Zealand?
easyDNA New Zealand is your leading DNA testing and paternity testing provider in Auckland. Besides offering DNA test results in just 5-7 working days, we also have many years of experience in the field which we put at the disposal of our client by rigorously training our customer care team. Learn more about us by visiting our FB page.
We have chosen to have a Facebook page specifically for easyDNA New Zealand because we want our clients there to get a local feel. We regularly update our wall with new information related to DNA testing as well as adding any local news and things which we think may interest you. Our clients can also read about us, learn more about what we do and the tests we offer.
The Tests we offer
easyDNA offers more than 20 different DNA tests. Moreover, all DNA tests are carried out in a highly accredited laboratory with lots of experience and the entire latest DNA sequencing machines and equipment. We offer different types of paternity testing services, including the latest non invasive paternity testing which can be done at just 10 weeks and with 0% risk. We also offer many DNA tests which can be done between relatives including sibling testing, aunt uncle testing and grandparentage testing.
We also offer ancestry testing services which can help you discover your maternal lineage your paternal lineage or your ancestral origins. Have further questions about us or our tests? Find easyDNA New Zealand on Facebook.
Posted on | March 5, 2012 | Comments Off
Parental genetic testing, a term rather unheard in earlier days, is very much common practice these days. As majority of women are taking their first step towards parenthood after the age of 35, genetic testing is increasingly gaining popularity.
Need to go in for parental genetic testing
Prior to the age of 35, a woman has minimal chances of having a child with Down’s syndrome. At 35, the risk level increases and there is a probability of the woman having a complicated pregnancy. Prenatal testing in pregnancy becomes very important after 35. Beyond 35, the risk of having this chromosomal abnormality increases drastically, prompting the doctors to suggest that a woman should undergo parental genetic testing, in case they are planning to go for motherhood.
The most prevalent method used for undergoing genetic testing is amniocentesis. This is performed between 16th and 18th month of pregnancy. Chorionic villus sampling that offers earlier detection of chromosomal abnormalities (between 10th and 12th week of pregnancy), is the other method in use. Chorionic villus sampling has a disadvantage when compared to amniocentesis in that it cannot be used to diagnose Neural Tube Defects or NTDs.
Non invasive prenatal sampling methods are currently being researched. Scientists have managed to analyse fetal DNA in a maternal blood sample and from this they have successfully mapped the genetic profile of the unborn child and determine any autoimmune conditions. The test is still not available on the market although non invasive prenatal testing can be used to establish paternity.
Prenatal Genetic Screening and Psychological factors involved
As per a study conducted, the reasons for going in for genetic testing were psychological for most of the women. In case a woman is told following amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling the expected child is to suffer from Down’s syndrome, some women may choose to terminate the pregnancy before the 12th week. Carrying out prenatal genetic testing does raise certain ethical issues.
Posted on | November 24, 2011 | Comments Off
Undeterred by the withdrawal of paternity suit filed against him, Justin Bieber takes a paternity test anyway. Bieber states that the story is untrue and nothing like that has ever happened as claimed by Mariah Yeater. Bieber and his team have affirmed that the 17-year-old is not the father of Yeater’s child.
Well, in the first place while learning the subject of DNA Paternity test, one needs to understand what it is DNA testing all about and why is such a process conducted.
In simple words, a paternity or parental test is a relationship analysis process, conducted to find out the probability of a biological match with the samples from the alleged father/parent and the child. In order to dispel or confirm the doubts about a biological relationship between two or more people, this method can be utilized. It determines parentage. Paternity testing can be legal, used for immigration, or done in the prenatal phase.
In today’s context, painless DNA samples and highly accurate DNA matching facilities / techniques are made conveniently available, when trying to establish a genetic relationship between 2 or more people. DNA samples from each person will be collected and then analyzed in a laboratory.
Paternity testing is highly reliable; so much so that any other method for determining the paternity of a child is now disused. If the alleged father is the biological of a child, the paternity test result will show a probability of paternity of 99.9% or higher. If on the other hand, the alleged father is not the biological father of the child, the paternity test result will indicate a 0% probability. This is also true, if the alleged father is a very close relative of the child- the test will still, in such cases, be conclusive.
Yeater in one of her signed affidavit claims that she had unprotected sex with Bieber last October and is now assuming to hold Bieber partly responsible for the act. However, following the result of the test, Bieber is considering the options of legal action against her for her paternity test lawsuit.
Posted on | November 16, 2011 | 1 Comment
Are you pregnant? Do you have any of the tell-tale symptoms of pregnancy? Perhaps, at this point you might want to head to the pharmacy and get yourself a little home kit for pregnancy testing. If you really are pregnant, your body will already have started secreting a hormone known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG- this hormone will easily be detected in urine when you do your pregnancy test. But then what, once you have confirmed you are pregnant?
Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms
The list if quite long- in fact the signs and symptoms of pregnancy are too many to list here. Important to note the following:
- Signs of pregnancy will differ from pregnancy to pregnancy and from person to person
- Having symptoms of pregnancy does not mean you are pregnant. You might be suffering from an illness.
- Many symptoms can easily be alleviated or prevented – in other words you do not have to live with the discomfort.
- Symptoms occur at different stages in pregnancy. Use a pregnancy calculator to know how far along you are in your pregnancy. Pregnancy calculators can help you determine the date of conception (although this cannot be taken as an exact date) as well as your due date.
The most common symptom and closely associated with pregnancy is morning sickness and nausea. Leg cramps and other generalized cramps are also very common. If you go online you can find a pregnancy quiz or questionnaires which will help you define and learn about your symptoms.
What about Prenatal Care?
Prenatal care is an important part of health care; this involves ultrasonography which ensures a health development of the baby via, amongst other things, fetal biometric measurements. Besides, this aspect of prenatal care, the doctor or midwife will also help you with your diet, ensure you are eating well and making the best out of your pregnancy. Prenatal care will enable you to follow step by step your baby’s development and even listen to your baby’s heart beat.
Prenatal DNA Testing
Prenatal DNA testing can either be done to confirm the paternity of the child, or in some countries, it is used as a diagnostic prenatal test routinely done by many pregnant women; this latter example is a test that will help confirm whether an unborn baby suspected to have an autoimmune disease such as Down’s syndrome in an ultrasound actually carries the genes responsible for Down’s Syndrome. Prenatal paternity test and pregnancy testing for autoimmune illnesses will require an OBYGYN to extract a sample of the fetal DNA via amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
Posted on | October 12, 2011 | Comments Off
Online pregnancy calculators are there to help pregnant women determine the following:
- Gestational age, or in other words, the age of the unborn baby (sometimes referred to as fetal age). The counting to determine the gestational age begins from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period to the current day. The measurement is taken in weeks rather than in days. An ultrasound, a type of screening test routinely carried out after the 14th week can often give a fair idea of gestational age.
- The due date. Once you have calculated the gestational age and know when you conceived your baby, you just need to count 42 weeks after that date to know when you are expected to give birth. It is important to know that babies are often born after or before their due dates so do not expect your due date to be an exact calculation. In fact, it is likely that you will not give birth on your due date but a few days before or a few days after. A pregnancy lasts from anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks.
Knowing your gestational age and your due date are of course very important. It helps the expectant mother be prepared for the birth at the right time. Moreover, planning is an extremely important part of the whole pregnancy affair. It is indeed lucky that pregnancy calculators are readily available and free online. Have you thought of when you are going to request paternity or maternity leave? Your maternity leave is an important time to (as is paternity leave) to bond with your child- you need to put your career on hold and take on a full time roll as parent- if you do not know your due date you cannot get organized and inform your boss.
Ultrasounds vs Pregnancy Calculators
You will undoubtedly be doing an ultrasound at some stage in your pregnancy as this is a very important screening test to check that the baby you are carrying is developing healthily. From an ultrasound certain measurement can be taken which will enable the doctor overseeing the ultrasound to determine many months old the child is (gestational age). These detailed and rather complex measurements are called fetal biometric measurements and include measurements of the skulls and femur.
A pregnancy calculator is more at hand and convenient as you can work out the date of conceptions, trimesters, due dates and the likes from the easy and comfort of your home. These calculators can be used very early in pregnancy.
Pregnancy calculators are useful if you plan doing a gender prediction test or a prenatal paternity test as these tests can only be done following a certain number of weeks of gestation.keep looking »