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Saliva-based DNA Collection Solves a Tropical Disease Mystery

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:12 AM

DNA Genotek recently announced that an international team of researchers used the Oragene product to investigate a genetic link to podoconiosis, a neglected tropical disease. Podoconiosis is a disease occurring in individuals exposed to red clay soil derived from volcanic rock in tropical Africa, Central America and Northwest India. Podoconiosis occurs in barefooted farmers and other occupational groups where exposure to volcanic soil is common. Characteristics of the disease include swelling of the foot and lower leg which progresses to elephantiasis, having a severe impact on mobility and quality of life for those affected. The photograph on the right shows a patient with an advanced case of the disease.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA saliva, Oragene, DNA from saliva, genetic disease, genetic testing, tropical disease

Eye Opening Opportunities for DNA Collection

Posted by Shauna White on Tue, Dec 08, 2009 @ 10:12 AM

Earlier this year, one of our customers took advantage of a unique opportunity and turned it into a successful DNA collection event. Without advance planning, this customer was able to set up an impromptu DNA collection clinic, access volunteers who met the required profile for the research, and complete collection all in one day. Sound impossible? It's not if you're the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario and you have Oragene/saliva collection kits.

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Tags: DNA collection, DNA, DNA testing, DNA kit, DNA Kits, genetic disease

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