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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 living in. Healthcare professionals and researchers are scrambling for solutions ...
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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 depends on the donor’s biology. Total DNA yield from a saliva, sponge or ...
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Identifying genes that influence the risk of disease

The risk of developing a life-changing disease is affected by both an individual’s external environment and by their genes. Many common diseases are called complex, because of ...
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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.” – Scott Rabuka, Senior Director of Molecular Products at DNA GenotekTM.
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Revitalizing at-home-health with first-void urine sampling

Major shifts in health care procedures have begun as health facilities adapt at-home telehealth-visits to supplement in-person clinic visits. At-home health care improves by ...
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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 population is now working from home, while businesses and institutions are ...
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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 Administration (FDA) general use 510(k) clearance for collection and ...
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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 taken for diagnostic analyses. Most commonly, liquid biopsies are blood ...
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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 shifting in the direction of preventative health, with more clinicians and ...
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Oh, the places you’ll go…to collect saliva samples

Around the world, genetic research continues to highlight new discoveries. Many of these discoveries are possible through the use of technologies that allow easy, non-invasive ...
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Saliva as a sample type for genomic applications

This week, I interviewed Scott Rabuka, Director of the Genomics Program at DNA Genotek for our podcast, Molecules, Microbes and Multiomics. Scott joined DNA Genotek in 2008 as ...
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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? Research studies confirm that DNA from saliva is equivalent to DNA from ...
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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, interviews, technical information and infographics to share what we know about ...
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Exciting discoveries from Spit for Science & a sneak-peak at Spit for Science II

Russell Schachar, MD, FRCP(C), gave an engaging and inspiring talk at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) conference this year titled: ADHD and OCD genetics: ...
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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 populations, seeks to derive a statistical analysis of how genetics works in ...
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Obesity, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk in Italian Youth

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very serious and life-threatening condition. Hypertension (HT) is a significant risk factor contributing to CVD, and also one that may be ...
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Discovering the genetics behind Ebola viral disease resistance

Phase I: DNA sample Collection The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The average EVD case ...
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The SPARK project – Fueling the fire on autism research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2012 that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) [1]
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23andMe - 10 years and over 2 million DNA saliva samples collected with Oragene

Ten years ago, DNA Genotek had a vision and a unique product that we thought had the potential to change the world of genomics by allowing easy self-collection of DNA from ...
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Oragene enables a large-scale array-CGH and exome sequencing study

In the summer of 2011 we wrote about an exciting project out of the United Kingdom that selected Oragene collection kits for a study that aimed to unlock genetic changes ...
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Genetics and post traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual has experienced an extreme emotional trauma involving the threat of ...
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The origin and impact of the DISC1 gene: From schizophrenia to ADHD

While reading a recent publication in the American Journal of Human Genetics Part B entitled DISC1 in Adult ADHD Patients: An Association Study in Two European Samples [1], I ...
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Oragene as a solution for international DNA sample collection

The author of this article, Nicholas Ramdass, is a Sales Manager at DNA Genotek Inc. Oragene is truly a DNA collection device that has a global impact. Currently, Oragene is ...
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Spit for Africa program facilitates population-based genetic studies

We are very excited to tell you about a new initiative we announced today as part of the DNA Genotek Helping Hands Program. Spit for Africa is a new sponsorship program in ...
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Saliva DNA helps cancer research project meet recruitment goals

Cancer affects everyone in some way. In Alberta, Canada, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 will die from it. In 2001, the Tomorrow ...
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HLA typing in Israel with Oragene and ORAcollect

Approximately 30 years ago, the Tissue Typing Laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel was created to serve a newly launched cadaver-kidney organ sharing program. The ...
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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 samples that are optimized to ensure the best possible results is crucial to your ...
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25,000 DNA saliva samples for Spit for the Cure (and counting)

If you’ve followed DNA Genotek for a few years or if you have ever been to one of our seminar presentations, you’ve probably heard about our involvement in the annual Spit for ...
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France takes to the street to collect DNA samples for HLA registry

The Genetic Link welcomes guest blog authors. This guest submission is from Dominique Fizet of the l'Établissement français du sang (EFS), Aquitaine-Limousin, à Bordeaux. We ...
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[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 journey. You and I know what they say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ ...
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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 Beall, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve ...
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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 for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 and part 2 of this blog series, ...
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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 for DNA collection and analysis. In part 1 of this blog series, we examined ...
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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 for DNA collection and analysis. We hope you find this content interesting. ...
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Music festival attracts new donors to HLA registry with saliva DNA

For the second time, DNA Genotek will be working with Anthony Nolan, the charity which runs the UK’s largest blood stem cell donor registry, to collect saliva samples at the ...
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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 study, titled Specimen Collection within the CRN: A critical appraisal, ...
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Event collection award program for HLA registries

Last week, we unveiled  an innovative award program that is designed to increase donor recruitment for Marrow Donor Registries. The DNA Genotek HLA Event Collection Award is ...
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DNA from saliva boosts recruitment for PROCAS study

Professor Gareth Evans of the University of Manchester is heading up a major research study, which is being carried out throughout Greater Manchester. 60,000 women are being ...
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DNA from saliva to ID genetic variants of aggressive prostate cancer

At DNA Genotek, we recently learned the details of study being conducted by Wake Forest University. We wanted to share some of this information with you here on The Genetic ...
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Freshman’s guide to starting university: laptop, text books and DNA from saliva

The incoming class of freshman students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) had something unique waiting for them when they arrived for welcome week this year. Not only ...
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DNA from saliva facilitates dermatological studies in Singapore

Atopic dermatitis (AD) and acne vulgaris (AV) are both skin diseases studied by researchers at the Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), Singapore, with the goal of discovering ...
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Oragene•DNA to Simplify DNA Collection for Genetic Study into ADHD

This week, we were pleased to announce that our Oragene•DNA product was selected to collect DNA from saliva for the International Collaboration on ADHD and Substance Abuse ( ...
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Oragene•DNA facilitates Italy’s ‘Basketball Players to the Bone’

Many readers of The Genetic Link will be familiar with DNA Genotek’s involvement in event-based collections for breast cancer, epilepsy and for bone marrow donor registries. ...
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Oragene•DNA Selected by Genomind for Personalized Medicine Test

Today,  DNA Genotek announced that our Oragene•DNA product has been selected by Genomind, LLC as the sample collection kit for the Genecept Mood™ Assay, a saliva-based ...
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