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.

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

[INFOGRAPHIC] DNA from saliva vs blood – who wins the cost battle?

Introducing DNA Genotek’s first visual adventure – a fun trip through the blood vs saliva cost journ...
Shauna White Sep 12, 2012

Natural selection in high altitude: Oragene functions as an enabler for challenging field research

Rookie mistakes – they will occur. I remember the first time I tried to reach out to Dr. Cynthia Bea...
Nicholas Ramdass Aug 14, 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

Saliva samples as a source of DNA for high throughput genotyping

The BMC Medical Genomics Journal recently published the results of a study titled “Saliva samples ar...
Shauna White Jul 03, 2012

DNA from saliva vs. blood – who wins the cost battle?

Collecting saliva DNA is more effective and less costly for genetic research, a study suggests. The ...
Scott Rabuka May 07, 2012

DNA from saliva facilitates dermatological studies in Singapore

Atopic dermatitis (AD) and acne vulgaris (AV) are both skin diseases studied by researchers at the I...
Shauna White Aug 03, 2011

DNA from saliva to identify biomarkers predicting nicotine dependence

Cigarette smoking remains a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in many countri...
Shauna White Jul 07, 2011

3 reasons DNA from saliva is ideal for GWAS

With the growth of genome wide association studies (GWAS) and their need for DNA from many thousands...
Shauna White Apr 05, 2011

Challenges in DNA sample collection for personalized medicine

We’ve been hearing the promises of personalized medicine for some time now with its magic formula of...
Shauna White Mar 01, 2011

Generation Scotland overcomes recruitment challenge with Oragene•DNA

At DNA Genotek, we recently learned the details of study being conducted by Generation Scotland call...
Shauna White Aug 31, 2010

Easy & painless DNA collection for infants, children and non-spitters

Genetic research into diseases and conditions that predominantly affect children has always been par...
Shauna White Aug 10, 2010

Rinse, Swab or Spit -- What's the real source of DNA in saliva?

Saliva is one of the most accessible of our body's bio-fluids making saliva sample collection easy a...
Brian Smith Mar 31, 2010

DNA from Saliva.... The Newest Tool in Cancer Research?

Recent statistics suggest cancer mortality rates are declining due to better prevention, early detec...
Shauna White Mar 09, 2010

Hunting for Cancer Genes with DNA from Saliva

Every day, it seems, scientists learn something new about how our genes work. One fascinating area o...
Shauna White Feb 09, 2010

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