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Microbiome research trends & highlights – interview with Aaron Del Duca

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Sep 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM

We had the opportunity to sit down with Aaron Del Duca, our VP Technology and Microbiome Program Lead to discuss a few trends in the microbiome field he’s most excited about. Aaron has spent the past 4 years engaging with scientists in academia and industry to understand what the biggest constraints to discovery are, and sharing insights and best practices at microbiome conferences and with standards organizations around the globe. Below, we’ve condensed Aaron’s take on five exciting developments and on-going challenges in the microbiome space.

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Tags: OMNIgene, gut microbiome research, microbiome standards, microbiome sample collection

Advances in microbiome discovery, diagnostics and therapeutics: Nature webcast highlights

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Aug 9, 2018 10:26:00 AM

Those of us following microbiome science know that it is developing extremely fast with tremendous opportunity for innovation. When we were presented the opportunity to participate in the recent webcast titled ‘Advances in Microbiome Discovery, Diagnostics and Therapeutics’ hosted by Nature.com, we were thrilled to agree. In this webinar, DNA Genotek and a panel of experts discussed their perspectives on advances in microbiome discovery. This webinar is available in its entirety on-demand (here), but knowing how time-pressed we all are, we have provided a summary for you below.

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Tags: microbiome, OMNIgene, microbiome collection, gut microbiome research

Designing large-scale gut microbiome studies - 10 essential considerations

Posted by Erin Carpenter on Jun 12, 2018 9:51:00 AM

With a growing number of research studies showing associations between the gut microbiome and disease, this is a burgeoning field with fundamental questions that still need to be understood. The gut microbiome is composed of the community of microorganisms that dwell in our intestinal system, and elucidating the significance of this rich and diverse ecosystem is of great importance to human health. Large-scale studies with the sheer statistical power and immense volumes of data able to show strong correlations and draw meaningful conclusions are needed in this booming area of discovery.

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Tags: OMNIgene, microbiome stabilization, microbiome collection, gut microbiome research

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health selects DNA Genotek’s OMNIgene devices for Microbiome Biobank

Posted by Shauna White on Mar 21, 2018 8:38:42 AM

DNA Genotek Inc. is pleased to announce that the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has selected DNA Genotek’s OMNIgene® family of microbiome collection devices to provide reliable self-collection of microbial samples for The Biobank for Microbiome Research in Massachusetts (BIOM-Mass). DNA Genotek will also provide customization, fulfillment and logistics services through its GenoFIND services offering.

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Tags: oral microbiome, OMNIgene, microbiome collection, gut microbiome, gut microbiome research

Progressing gut microbiome research in IBD, one sample at a time

Posted by Seb Deneault on Dec 5, 2017 9:52:52 AM

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week was developed to raise awareness and increase understanding of these common diseases. Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, together referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, are serious illnesses that affect more than 5 million people worldwide. We would like to shed some light on these diseases, the treatments, and the interactions between the microbiome and IBD.

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Tags: OMNIgene, gut microbiome, gut microbiome research

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Vaginal Microbiome

Posted by Laura Payne on Jun 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM

You’ve likely been hearing a lot about the gut microbiome lately, and its links to numerous diseases and conditions such as obesity, allergies and mental health.  However, our bodies are completely covered with microorganisms, and many other communities are starting to garner attention.  Is it possible that there is another group of bacteria with the potential to influence our health to the extent of the gut microbiome? 

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Tags: microbiome, OMNIgene, vaginal microbiome

How does Cincinnati Children’s Hospital use the microbiome to study lupus? A look inside with Diana Taft

Posted by Megan McGrath on Jul 28, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Diana_Taft_PictureWe reached out to Diana Taft at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center to talk with her about her research in the microbiome field.

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Tags: microbiome, OMNIgene, microbiome stabilization, gut microbiome, microbiome snapshot

Metanome sequencing services selected by DNA Genotek to validate innovative microbiome collection kit

Posted by Shauna White on Mar 5, 2015 9:08:47 AM

Improved sample collection delivers higher quality data

Metanome, Inc., an industry leader in comprehensive metagenomic services and data analysis, has provided 16S Gene Sequencing Services, including library preparation, sequencing and bioinformatics, to DNA Genotek for the validation of its OMNIgene®•GUT collection kit.  This innovative all-in-one system is designed to easily collect high quality microbial DNA for gut microbiome profiling.  The kit ensures that the sample is stabilized and liquefied immediately upon collection and maintains an accurate and reliable profile for days at room temperature, eliminating the inconveniences and expense associated with cold-chain shipping requirements. In addition, the liquid sample is ideal for standardizing lab protocols and increasing processing efficiency.

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Tags: microbiome, OMNIgene, gut microbiome

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Welcome to The Microbiome Snapshot, a blog providing new insights into microbiome sample collection and stabilization by DNA Genotek. DNA Genotek Inc. is a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, Inc.

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