The Genetic Link

Welcome to The Genetic Link, a blog providing new insights into DNA and RNA sample collection by DNA Genotek. DNA Genotek is a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies, Inc.

How to obtain enough DNA from saliva with difficult to collect donors

The amount of DNA yielded from oral samples can be variable since the amount of DNA collected highly...
Katherine Lawless Aug 20, 2020

Identifying genes that influence the risk of disease

The risk of developing a life-changing disease is affected by both an individual’s external environm...
Jayden Hess Aug 18, 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

Advantages of using targeted exome sequencing for high throughput labs

The genomic direct-to-consumer, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine markets are dramatically ...
Katherine Lawless Jul 14, 2020

Revitalizing at-home-health with first-void urine sampling

Major shifts in health care procedures have begun as health facilities adapt at-home telehealth-visi...
Charles Harkness Jun 16, 2020

Laboratory safety and sample collection devices for SARS-CoV-2

On June 4, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter to clinical laboratory ...
Scott Rabuka Jun 10, 2020

Saliva sample to sequencer in under 8 hours

A new solution to a workflow challenge with Twist Bioscience It's no secret that the global genomics...
Elizabeth Firth May 26, 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

A faster and more affordable path to FDA clearance

DNA Genotek’s Oragene•Dx family of products are the first and only devices with U.S. Food and Drug A...
Jayden Hess Apr 13, 2020

First-void urine: A new standard for liquid biopsies and cervical cancer screening

Preparing for a clinic visit can often mean preparing for a liquid biopsy – biological fluid samples...
Charles Harkness Apr 06, 2020

How to ensure the best sequencing results from saliva samples

Dr. Carolyn Compton, former director of the OBBR National Cancer Institute, once said
Katherine Lawless Mar 27, 2020

SPARK project provides evidence for autism risk genes

The latest episode of Molecules, microbes and multiomics features an interview with Pamela Feliciano...
Shauna White Feb 25, 2020

4 must read genomics studies from 2019

2019 was a big year for genomics research. Topics like pharmacogenomics, mental health, population s...
Katherine Lawless Feb 05, 2020

The Oragene·Dx family of products now has FDA general use clearance

DNA Genotek is pleased to share the news that that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has g...
Shauna White Jan 31, 2020

Genetic testing companies and health care providers partner to drive better health outcomes

Innovations in scientific discovery have changed the way we look at healthcare. This landscape is sh...
Katherine Lawless Jan 28, 2020

DNA Genotek’s top 10 list for the decade

Ten years ago this week, we published DNA Genotek’s first annual top 10 list. In that year, an inter...
Kathleen Weber Jan 14, 2020

DNA methylation with saliva: A strong predictor of major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects more than 300 million people globally, is the leading cause ...
Katherine Lawless Dec 16, 2019

Podcast: Multiomics methods investigate aging process in man's best friend

A team of researchers is hoping old dogs can teach us some new tricks. The scientists, with the back...
Shauna White Dec 11, 2019

Highlights from ASHG 2019: beyond DNA

DNA Genotek has long been an active participant at the American Society for Human Genomics (ASHG) an...
Scott Rabuka Nov 12, 2019

Oh, the places you’ll go…to collect saliva samples

Around the world, genetic research continues to highlight new discoveries. Many of these discoveries...
Katherine Lawless Oct 01, 2019

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