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.

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

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

Do you need an FDA cleared DNA collection device for your laboratory developed genetic test (LDT)?

If you are developing a genetic test that provides diagnostic information as part of a laboratory de...
Kathleen Weber Sep 18, 2019

DNA saliva kits or traditional blood collection: which is more cost effective?

Many researchers have asked the question: can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? ...
Scott Rabuka May 22, 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

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...
Scott Rabuka 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

How to execute large-scale DNA sample collection for genetic research - 10 essential considerations

Genetic epidemiology, the study of how genetics contribute to health and disease in families and pop...
Kerry Chatburn Oct 09, 2018

High quality libraries for human WGS with direct saliva Input

In the open discussion webinar hosted by Frontline Genomics, Joshua Burgess Ph.D., Manager Scientifi...
Erin Carpenter Jul 19, 2018

10 must-ask questions to help personal genomics companies get ahead

Personal genomics is a branch of human genomics focused on sequencing and analyzing the unique genom...
Kerry Chatburn Feb 28, 2017

Methodologies for the analysis of human exomes using DNA from saliva

Mike Tayeb is the Technical Support Manager at DNA Genotek Inc.
Mike Tayeb Jul 11, 2013

The impact of bacterial DNA in saliva on whole genome sequencing

Mike Tayeb is the manager of technical support at DNA Genotek. 
Mike Tayeb Jun 07, 2013

HLA typing in Israel with Oragene and ORAcollect

Approximately 30 years ago, the Tissue Typing Laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel was c...
Shauna White Jan 29, 2013

Reliability & stability of Oragene samples for WGS & exome sequencing

Rafal Iwasiow is Vice President of Research and Development at DNA Genotek.
Rafal Iwasiow Jan 24, 2013

10 hints to optimize DNA saliva samples, based on millions of samples

As specialists in the field of saliva sample collection, we understand that having saliva DNA sample...
Mike Tayeb Nov 27, 2012

How to choose the right platform for high-throughput DNA extraction

We recently published an article highlighting how to choose the best method for low-throughput DNA e...
Krystin Colley Sep 26, 2012

How to choose the best method for low-throughput DNA extraction

DNA is extracted from human saliva for a variety of reasons including molecular or forensic analysis...
Krystin Colley Aug 07, 2012

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

Welcome to the final article in our 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood...
Kerry Chatburn Jul 25, 2012

Can saliva replace blood for DNA collection and analysis? (Part 2 of 3)

Welcome to the second article in a 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood ...
Kerry Chatburn Jul 17, 2012

Can saliva replace blood for DNA collection & analysis? (Part 1 of 3)

Welcome to the first article in a 3 part series discussing whether or not saliva can replace blood f...
Kerry Chatburn Jul 12, 2012

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