Welcome to the second article in a 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 of this blog series, we examined the quality issue of blood and saliva. In part 2, we look at the functionality and ease of use. We hope you find this content interesting. Let us know what you think of this series by leaving a comment. Thank you in advance.
DNA Genotek's Sample Collection Blog
A few weeks ago, we wrote an article for The Genetic Link about a research team at the University of Minnesota. This research team collected DNA samples with Oragene at the Minnesota State Fair from August 26 – September 1 in St. Paul, MN. The researchers were collecting samples for the Gopher Kids study which aims to learn more about what genes are involved in making a child grow and develop normally. As promised, the following article provides an update on the outcome of this event-based collection.
If you’re a regular reader of The Genetic Link, you’re familiar with our on-site DNA collections at events like Spit for the Cure, the National Epilepsy Walk, championship dog shows, international music festivals and more. Oragene is ideal for collecting at both indoor and outdoor events because it is non-invasive, stable at ambient temperature and easy to use by anyone.
Genetic research into diseases and conditions that predominantly affect children has always been particularly challenging. Traditionally, when high quality and high quantity DNA is required for a research project (e.g. greater than several micrograms), blood has typically been the only option. Blood draws are painful for children, dreaded by parents and disliked by technicians who must collect from the frightened child. It is also much more difficult to draw blood from children than from adults, due to the relative size of their veins and their willingness to stay in a fixed position. Unlike adults, children often don't have the ability to reason with their fears. But when a lot of DNA is required, there have not been many options.