The Microbiome Snapshot

a blog providing new insights into Microbiome Collection and Stabilization by DNA Genotek. DNA Genotek is a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Forensic science and the oral microbiome

Can the oral microbiome help law enforcement link suspects to crime scenes or evidence? In this summ...
Charles Harkness Aug 20, 2021

The scoop on poop: How much is enough sample?

Stool collection is a sensitive, but necessary, topic in microbiome studies; as gut microbiome resea...
Charles Harkness Aug 13, 2021

Probiotics, a possible solution to COVID-19 transmission?

We have all heard about the benefits of probiotics, whether it was through a commercial promoting pr...
Katherine Lawless Dec 16, 2020

Personalized skin care: the beauty industry diving into the microbiome

A podcast interview with Pure Culture Beauty   The beauty and makeup industry has dominated consumer...
Katherine Lawless Nov 12, 2020

A discussion of challenges and solutions for global shortages of materials for COVID-19 testing

The world is talking about the coronavirus pandemic and global health crisis we find ourselves livin...
Katherine Lawless Oct 27, 2020

Case study: Canine fecal sample stabilization and collection comparison

Today, the term “fecal microbiome” is widely used by dieticians, physicians, and microbiome companie...
Katherine Lawless Oct 06, 2020

4 critical considerations for collecting skin microbiome samples

Skin is the largest organ of the body. It keeps our internal organs protected and acts as an interfa...
Heloise Breton, PhD. Aug 06, 2020

Overcoming the challenges of sample collection for COVID-19

“From sample collection through testing, we are working to help in the fight against COVID-19.” – Sc...
Katherine Lawless Jul 29, 2020

While social distancing, reaching donors shouldn’t be an issue

Governments and public health experts have advised almost everyone to stay home. The majority of the...
Katherine Lawless Apr 28, 2020

The role of the microbiome in exploring childhood determinants of cardiovascular health

The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study is a prospective longitudinal study initiated in 1980. ...
Shauna White Nov 05, 2019

Is there a new gold-standard for gut microbiome stool collection?

The “gold standard” for gut microbiome studies has traditionally been a fresh stool sample that was ...
Katherine Lawless Oct 16, 2019

PREdiCCt: the largest study on predicting IBD disease flare

This week, I interviewed Dr. Charlie Lees and Lee Murphy, investigators for the PREdiCCt Study (Prog...
Shauna White Sep 17, 2019

Cold chain stool sample collection: a series of unfortunate events (Part 1/3)

In this first of a three-part blog series, I am delving into the topic of cold-chain stool collectio...
Ali Acar Apr 09, 2019

Collect and stabilize gut microbiota samples from IBD patients undergoing dysbiosis

In human gut microbiome studies, the logistics of immediately freezing and transporting collected st...
Erin Carpenter Nov 06, 2018

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

Those of us following microbiome science know that it is developing extremely fast with tremendous o...
Erin Carpenter Aug 09, 2018

Choosing the best DNA extraction method in human gut microbiome community profiling

A critical component to any human gut microbiome study is the ability to accurately represent the ‘t...
Erin Carpenter Jul 30, 2018

Designing large-scale gut microbiome studies - 10 essential considerations

With a growing number of research studies showing associations between the gut microbiome and diseas...
Erin Carpenter Jun 12, 2018

OMNIgene·GUT facilitating gut microbial collections in remote Himalayan populations

There is so much that can be learned from studying the gut microbiome. The community of bacteria co-...
Erin Carpenter Apr 06, 2018

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