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A follow up on DNA Dynasty and the logo

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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If you go here you’ll find this statement:

To our friends from THE DNA NETWORK, we sincerely apologize for borrowing your logo without your prior permission.  We meant no offence nor do we have any intention to steal your assets.  We already have our official company logo (As seen on the top left corner).  During our initial design process, we needed some pictures to fill up the empty spaces to present the site to our management and design team for brain storming.  The beta site was meant for internal circulation only.  It was not meant for public viewing. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, it became very popular in the search engine.  This was unintentional.

We have gone through some of the blogs written by THE DNA NETWORK community and understood that there are many strong opinions about our products, specifically Kids Innate Talent test.  DNA Dynasty Group is just a marketing company appointed by Shanghai Biochip Co., Ltd (SBC), a government funded National Engineering Centre of Biochip, to market their products.  If anyone would like to verify the validity of such test and the research thereof, you are most welcome to contact SBC directly for verification.

To be fair, I thought I’d mention this, especially to those of you that are network members since this is addressed to you.

For the record: I still think their products are misleading crap, government funding makes it worse if anything, and being “just a marketing company” is no excuse.

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Tests that make me cry, and stealing too !!

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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This company (DNA Dynasty) must burn. First for stealing the logo from The DNA network:

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But, more importantly they must burn for doing what they do – from their blog (my highlights):

Dr Y.M Wong, who runs an anti-ageing management practice at Paragon Medical Centre, is a doctor who recommends his patients to DNA Dynasty to complement his treatment. “My patients are put on a stricter programme for disease-prevention if they are discovered to be susceptible to a certain gene,” he said. According to the firm’s flyer, the Genetic Discovery Test can identify up to 33 genetic traits, such as intelligence, emotional quotient (EQ) and entrepreneurship. Some, like businessman Lau, 44, have sent his kids for the Genetic Discovery test to “save money”. He said: “Now I know my one-year-old will be good at business. He has high EQ and leadership skills. “My older child, who’s three, will be good in science and can perform well as an engineer. With this knowledge, I know how to develop their talents without wasting time sending them for different enrichment programmes.

And burn to the ground….since, in response to this:

Dr Andy Miah, a bioethics lecturer at the University of Paisley in Scotland and the author of Genetically Modified Athletes, told The Times: “By using gene tests for sporting aptitude, children might be dissuaded from sports they enjoy, simply because somebody has decided that they will never be a great performer.”

They answer:

Yet Ms Sally Soo, managing director of DNA Dynasty, remains unfazed. She said: “It’s been proven that Jamaican runners are faster than their counterparts of different nationalities because of their genes. “I believe that a 1-per-cent variation makes a world of difference between two people.”

In lack of words, I’m weeping for the future of responsible medical genetics.

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