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Is whole genome sequencing the new first-line test for children with genetic diseases?

Posted by Katherine Lawless on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 13:02 PM

Congenital anomalies and genetic disorders are the leading cause of death in children less than ten years old and affect about six percent of live births. For children with suspected genetic disorders, it is crucial to establish an early etiologic diagnosis for a prompt implementation of precision medicine and to enable optimal outcomes to guide clinical decisions. The challenge, however, is the lack of etiologic diagnosis.

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Tags: whole genome sequencing, DNA saliva cost, Oragene RNA

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for 2018

Posted by Brian Smith on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 13:01 PM

Every year since 2009 we’ve picked our top 10 list for the year. People often ask, what does it take to get on this list? It’s a reasonable question — some of our previous picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the cusp of becoming widely adopted. What we’re really highlighting is something that we think has the potential to have either a long term or profound effect on our lives. We aren’t always right but we find it interesting to reflect on the previous year and highlight our top 10 items.

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Tags: Oragene, personalized medicine, OMNIgene, DNA saliva cost, gut microbiome research, human genomics

[INFOGRAPHIC] DNA from saliva vs blood – who wins the cost battle?

Posted by Shauna White on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:09 PM

Introducing DNA Genotek’s first visual adventure – a fun trip through the blood vs saliva cost journey. You and I know what they say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ right? So today I am not going to talk about the cost of saliva DNA collection or write an article about it. I am sharing a visual representation highlighting 3 key areas in which saliva collection is more cost-effective than blood collection. Some people call it a diagram. Most people these days call it an infographic. At the end of the day, it's a simple way to represent long-winded or complex arguments without resorting to reams of verbiage and pages of dense text. 

Check out this infographic and you'll get the picture in record time.

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Tags: DNA collection, Oragene, DNA saliva cost, blood DNA cost

Can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? (Part 3 of 3)

Posted by Kerry Chatburn on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Welcome to the final article in our 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, we examined the quality and functionality/ease of use of blood and saliva. In this final part, we look at the cost of both types of DNA samples. We hope you find this content interesting. Let us know what you think of this series by leaving a comment. Thank you in advance.

The price associated with blood collection may be perceived to be free for many institutions that have established blood collection labs/service centers; however, there are real costs to sample collection even within these environments. Phlebotomists, lab technicians, medical supplies, and shipping requirements (dry ice, containers, and overnight delivery) add to an estimated $40 per sample, not including freezer storage1. Oragene, in comparison, comes in a variety of formats with differing yield and stability capabilities which cost between 48% - 80% less. More savings are introduced as Oragene products enable at-home collection, standard shipping via regular mail at room temperature and zero refrigeration.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA saliva, DNA saliva cost, blood DNA cost

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