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.

4 ways to improve donor participation and recruitment for DNA sample collections

Not getting the participation numbers you were hoping for your study? Donor recruitment is the most ...
Katherine Lawless Sep 16, 2021

Saliva sampling for COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools: Getting back to in-person learning

After more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for returning to in-person learning in...
Arya Mehta Jul 16, 2021

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

The Mito-FIND project: Unlocking the secrets to mitochondrial disease with DNA from saliva

“Mitochondria are essential for life. Mitochondrial diseases interfere with the body’s ability to ma...
Katherine Lawless Aug 16, 2019

Genome-wide DNA methylation comparison: Brain tissue vs. blood, saliva and buccal cells

DNA methylation (DNAm) has become increasingly widespread in the study of psychiatric disorders.[1] ...
Katherine Lawless Apr 03, 2019

Oral swabs for pharmacogenomics: A comparative study of DNA quality and performance

Pharmacogenomics is a growing field that tailors dosage and drug choices based on patient genetic pr...
Katherine Lawless Feb 05, 2019

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

Since the launch of this blog, The Genetic Link, in 2009, we have published numerous articles, inter...
Kerry Chatburn Feb 01, 2019

Top 5 considerations when selecting a saliva-based DNA collection method

The past decade of genetic advancements has proven DNA from saliva is reliable and effective for bot...
Kerry Chatburn Oct 10, 2018

Comparing minimally invasive sample collection techniques for large population-based telomere length studies

Telomere length (TL) is a biomarker of age, longevity and age-related disease. If you are an avid fo...
Erin Carpenter Jun 14, 2018

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