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.

Non-invasive sample types for cancer research and screening

Cancer is a disease that is caused by changes in genes that control the way cells function. There ar...
Katherine Lawless Sep 23, 2021

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

Dr. Marcela Brocco, grant program recipient, and her team from Argentina are using saliva to learn how prenatal stress impacts infant development.

The Developing Economies Grant Program was launched to foster innovative and novel proposals for the...
Katherine Lawless Jul 22, 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

Genetic evolution of human taste found from saliva samples of hunter-gatherers, nomad herders, and farmers in Africa and Asia

“Taste is essential for the interaction of animals with their food and has co-evolved with diet. Hum...
Katherine Lawless Jun 15, 2021

All-of-US research program - collecting 1 million diverse DNA samples across America.

Project highlights presented at the Festival of Genomics 2021. In January of this year, the 6th annu...
Katherine Lawless Mar 31, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saliva as a sample type for genomic applications

This week, I interviewed Scott Rabuka, Director of the Genomics Program at DNA Genotek for our podca...
Shauna White Jun 07, 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

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

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 ...
Erin Carpenter Jan 08, 2019

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