Combining Science and Art at Dynamic DNA


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bringing the latest in biomedical research to the Ozarks is the goal of new business located in Farmers Park in south Springfield.

Not only does Dynamic DNA Laboratories specialize in cutting-edge science, the staff there is also pretty good at creating incredible works of art out of science

“This is an image of X and Y chromosomes here,” says Austin O’Reilly of Dynamic DNA.  “I think I’ll always have a business mindset, but at heart I’m kind of a science nerd.”

What is in Austin’s DNA literally led him to combine art and science to create the Ozarks first cutting-edge biomedical research company known at Dynamic DNA Laboratories.

“There was kind of a void in the biotechnology field especially in Springfield of having a molecular genetics lab capable of doing what we’re capable of doing,” O’Reilly explains.

Which includes ancestry DNA analysis and genetic pre-dispoitioning testing.  “This is a test that will last you the rest of your life and provide you endless knowledge for your physician,” O’Reilly says.

So could a personalized medical report, known as pharma-cogenetics. 

“You can literally take this report into your doctor and say this is how I will respond to any type of antidepressant, anti-anxiety, pain medication, heart medication,” O’Reilly explains. “You name it, we can test to see how your body will metabolize it.”

Rhy Norton works at Dynamic DNA Labs.  “This is a quantative real-time PCR machine.”  It’s the equipment that conducts the genetic tests that begin at $350. 

A scanning electron microscope allows the scientists to study life close-up.  “Mainly it allows us to magnify on something at extremely high magnifications of up to about a million times the actual magnification,” Norton says. 

It can bring life to art by creating these microscopic images and personalized DNA portraits.
“Each band represents a gene or characteristic that is unique only to you,” says O’Reilly.

While the art may be awe-inspiring, it’s the science that inspires them the most O’Reilly stresses.
“We’re passionate about science we’re passionate about genetics and we’re trying to create awareness in the field and really advance the knowledge in the medical realm.”

The price for the artwork begins around $150 and the price for genetic testing ranges from  $350 to $600.
Some of those tests could be covered by insurance if approved by a doctor.

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