“The study of DNA has grown tremendously over the past decade and DNA-related topics are part of our culture and everyday life, playing a significant role in social issues," Dr. Michael Baird Chief Science Officer of DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center).
Fairfield, OH (PRWEB) April 20, 2012
National DNA Day commemorates two major scientific milestones that occurred in April; the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. It is a day established by the National Human Genome Research Institute that encourages everyone to learn more about genetics. These significant scientific milestones that occurred 50 years apart continue to have a profound impact on humanity.
Dr. Michael Baird is one of the world’s top experts in DNA analysis. He also serves as Chief Science Officer of DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world. Dr. Baird comments, “The study of DNA has grown tremendously over the past decade and DNA-related topics are part of our culture and everyday life, playing a significant role in social issues. Paternity testing has become common place, evidenced by the fact that DDC will perform over 500,000 DNA tests this year alone. DNA testing is now routinely used to help identify the origin of biological samples associated with a crime. Also, people are able to determine biological relationships based on DNA testing. We now have the ability to unlock DNA markers that allow us to look back into history to determine information about our ancestors. The demand for consumer knowledge has mushroomed and there are products on the market that allow the average person access to information about their DNA. For example, ConnectMyDNA™ is a DNA product we recently launched that simplifies the science in an entertaining fashion and gives consumers affordable access to the people and places their DNA most closely matches.”
Baird continued, “The strides in DNA knowledge are not limited to consumers. In the scientific community, National DNA Testing Standards have been established for tissue culture authentication. In line with the new National Standard for Authentication of Human Cell lines, DDC has developed a Cell Line Authentication Service that follows the National Standard by providing DNA testing services to identify human cells. The testing recommended by the new National Standard, STR analysis, is a core strength of DDC, and over the past year we have been working with researchers, biotechnology companies, and drug development leaders to provide the testing services to authenticate their cell lines.”
The discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953 ushered in the era of modern genetics and has led to the types of DNA tests that are possible today. The ability to test for specific genetic abnormalities has led to tests for genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis. The human genome sequence has resulted in a much better understanding of gene structure and function and has spurred the breathtaking development of instruments that can sequence a person’s entire genome in days at a fraction of the cost of the initial human genome sequence. Genetics will play a significant role in the health and well being of people by providing health care professionals with the tools needed to help people maintain a healthy life style.
DNA has been referred to as the code of life. It thus seems highly appropriate to commemorate DNA with its own day. So on April 20, 2012, think of the master molecule that makes you unique in the world.
About DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center)
DDC is one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world. Founded 17 years ago, DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, cell line authentication, and ancestry. DDC receives more than 800,000 consumer calls each year, and will perform approximately 500,000 DNA tests in 2012. The Company is known for its groundbreaking technologies, including an exclusive license for the most innovative and accurate non-invasive prenatal paternity test using SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) Microarray Technology, which only requires a simple blood draw from the mother and alleged father. DDC’s unique Dual Process™ ensures all professionally collected DNA samples are independently tested twice producing legal results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC is recognized through a number of accreditations nationally and internationally achieving perfect ratings in its past 16 inspections including those performed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International and follows the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines, which attests to DDC’s superior forensic testing service. For more information: http://www.dnacenter.com or 1-800-362-2368.