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8 facts most people don’t know about DNA from saliva

Posted by Scott Rabuka on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Since the launch of this blog, The Genetic Link, in 2009, we have published numerous articles, interviews, technical information and infographics to share what we know about DNA from saliva. Saliva is the human body’s most accessible bio-fluid but, after 7 years, we continue to be surprised at how often we hear wrong perceptions about this robust and easy to access sample type.  It’s time to set the record straight on DNA from saliva once and for all. Are you ready? Here are 8 facts about DNA from saliva that most people don’t know.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA kit, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA in saliva, genetic testing, genomics, personalized medicine

DNA Genotek’s Top 10 List for 2012

Posted by Ian Curry on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

Each year I look forward to the task of reflecting on the year gone by and coming up with a top 10 list that represents highlights of the year for DNA Genotek, our customers and the health community. It was 2009 when I sat down to write the first version of this list and each year, it is one of our most popular blog articles. It is often difficult to choose the items that make this list – mostly because there are so many exciting developments to talk about. The items that made the list this year are some of the most interesting I’ve written about as I believe many of them will change the way we look at genomics in the future. I won’t be surprised if some of them also appear on top 10 lists in the coming years as several of them have some serious staying power. I hope you enjoy DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2012.

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Tags: DNA kit, next generation sequencing, Oragene, DNA from saliva, genetic disease, genotyping

New product launch – ORAcollect•DNA

Posted by Scott Rabuka on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

I am pleased to announce the launch of ORAcollect•DNA (OCR-100), the newest product in the DNA Genotek family. ORAcollectDNA is a sample collection kit that uses the same underlying technology as Oragene•DNA, but with a different collection method. The fundamental difference between Oragene and ORAcollect•DNA is the way the sample is collected.  Instead of spitting into an Oragene kit, the patient/donor uses the integrated sponge to collect the sample and then invert the sponge and secure it in the collection tube.

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Tags: DNA kit, DNA from saliva, DNA in saliva, molecular diagnostics, DNA identification

Oragene•DNA enables study to identify host correlates of protection against TB

Posted by Shauna White on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

I'm always fascinated to learn more about how our customers use our products. What diseases are they studying? What geographic areas are they targeting? What are they hoping to achieve? It's these questions and more that make every day interesting at DNA Genotek. I recently had the privilege to learn more about how one of our customers is using our product and I wanted to share that knowledge with you.

The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) of the University of Cape Town is a new customer who has tried the Oragene•DNA Self Collection Kits for the first time. SATVI's aim is to develop novel tuberculosis vaccination strategies. Their focus is on the clinical side of tuberculosis vaccine development. They therefore embark on clinical, epidemiological, immunological and genetic research to answer critical questions in TB vaccinology.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA kit, DNA saliva, DNA from saliva, infectious disease

Oragene•DNA Selected by The Anthony Nolan Trust for Pilot Project

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, May 05, 2010 @ 10:05 AM

Today, DNA Genotek announced our involvement in a significant pilot project with the UK's largest bone marrow registry, the Anthony Nolan Trust. The details of this exciting project follow: 

DNA Genotek, a leading provider of products for biological sample collection, stabilization and preparation, today announced that The Anthony Nolan Trust, the UK's largest bone marrow donor registry, has selected Oragene•DNA for a pilot project aimed at increasing donor recruitment. Bone marrow donor registries, also known as HLA registries, use HLA DNA testing to match leukemia patients with prospective donors. The pilot project will determine if donor recruitment can be increased significantly with the use of non-invasive, saliva-based DNA collection compared to blood collection.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, DNA in saliva, HLA typing, Oragene DNA

Saliva DNA Collection Provides Clues to Human Evolutionary History

Posted by Rachel Dvoskin, Ph.D. on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 @ 11:04 AM

The Genetic Link welcomes guest blog authors. Our first guest submission is from Rachel Dvoskin, Ph.D., with the University of Florida. We thank Rachel for her submission and welcome her as a guest author. I hope you enjoy this article.  

At the department of Anthropology and Genetics Institute at the University of Florida, we study genetic variation in modern human populations to answer diverse questions ranging from the route early humans took when they first migrated out of Africa to the underlying causes of racial differences in susceptibility to complex diseases. To explore these varied aspects of human evolutionary history, we spend a lot of time figuring out how to collect DNA from a large number of volunteers. With today's genetic technology, all that's necessary is to obtain a small blood or saliva sample from each of our participants -- a task relatively easy to do in concept but quite a bit more challenging in practice.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, Oragene, saliva DNA, DNA from saliva, DNA in saliva, genotyping, genomics, DNA sample, Oragene DNA

Rinse, Swab or Spit -- What's the Real Source of DNA in Saliva?

Posted by Brian Smith on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:03 AM

Saliva is one of the most accessible of our body's bio-fluids making saliva sample collection easy and non-invasive.  Saliva also harbours a wide spectrum of genetic data that can be used for genetic research and clinical diagnostic applications. It might surprise you to know that much confusion surrounds the source of genomic DNA in saliva. It certainly came as a surprise to me when I met with a number of customers on a recent trip across the continent.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA kit, DNA saliva, Oragene, saliva DNA, DNA in saliva, Biobank, genetic testing, HLA typing, genomics, personalized medicine test

DNA from Saliva.... The Newest Tool in Cancer Research?

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Mar 09, 2010 @ 11:03 AM

Recent statistics suggest cancer mortality rates are declining due to better prevention, early detection methods and improved treatments, yet so much remains to be done. With cutting-edge research continually pushing the boundaries of science and discovery, it is not surprising that an increasing number of cancer researchers are turning to the newest tool in the DNA collection toolbox - DNA from saliva.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA kit, DNA Kits, DNA saliva, saliva DNA, DNA from saliva, genetic disease, cancer genetics, breast cancer, cancer research, DNA sample

Live Report from the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego

Posted by Ellen MacLean on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 15:01 PM

After a day and a half at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), I'm more convinced than ever that Performagene•LIVESTOCK will expedite advances in livestock genetic science. We've had researchers from both livestock and crop applications come by our booth to ask about the Performagene•LIVESTOCK product and how they can use it in their studies. The most frequent comment we're hearing from attendees is that it is very difficult to get producers to comply with their research studies. This is often due to the high cost of having a veterinarian do a blood draw and the invasive nature of this type of collection.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, livestock industry

Introducing Performagene•LIVESTOCK -- DNA Genotek's Newest Product

Posted by Shauna White on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:01 AM

At the 2010 Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, DNA Genotek officially launched our newest sample collection product called Performagene•LIVESTOCK. Performagene•LIVESTOCK, a simple and easy-to-use nasal collection device for cattle, sheep and swine, provides high quality and high quantity DNA that remains stable at ambient temperatures.

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Tags: DNA collection, genetics, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, livestock genetics, performagene, livestock dna, livestock industry, Oragene, genetic testing, genotyping, SNP, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, genomics, microarray, microsattelite

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