ΕUROPEAN CENTER FOR GENETICS & DNA IDENTIFICATION

Instructions
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BUCCAL CELL COLLECTION: DNALOGY-KIT
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In the course of sampling, DNAlogy offers you free-of charge the DNAlogy-kit including the sterilized cotton swab, sampling instructions and a consent/order form for the applicant.
The aim of sampling is to collect as many cheek cells as possible and to transfer them to the sterilized cotton swab, which is going to protect DNA until its transfer to our laboratory.
Attention: Avoid any contact with the cotton tip end of the swabs.
Do not eat, drink or smoke for at least 30 minutes before sampling.
For the sampling procedure, each individual should use 2 swabs.

Step 1
Label the collection tube of swab with the code "Sample 1" and the sampling date.

Step 2
Carefully open the first collection tube by holding the red plastic handle end and carefully remove the sterile swab for buccal cell collection.

Step 3
Sampling: Holding the red plastic handle end of swab, place the cotton tip of the swab inside the cheek and rub it firmly in every direction several times (20 seconds in each cheek). Repeat steps 1-3 with the second collection tube with the code "Sample 1".

Step 4
Air dry the swabs for at least 3 hours (no less) at room temperature while keeping them protected from any source of contamination. When dry, place the swabs back in the collection tubes.

Step 5
Place the two collection tubes containing the biological material to be analyzed in the reply envelope and send it back to DNAlogy along with the completed Consent Form.

Efi Karantzali
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Lab Director
PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
Expert Witness for the Greek Justice Department on
issues of identification of biological material and DNA analysis


Efi karantzali has graduated from the Department of Biology at the University of Crete in 2002. In 2004 she completed her postgraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine (MSc in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine) at the University of Crete and in 2009 her doctorate studies (PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine) with specialization on the differentiation mechanisms of embryonic stem cells. From 2009 to 2010 she worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Foundation for Research and Technology). Her scientific work has been published in international journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Genome Biology, PLoS One, Angewandte Chemie Int Edition) and has been presented in international scientific conferences (CSHL meeting on Stem Cell BIology, EMBL conference on Chromatin and Epigenetics, FEBS Congress on Biochemistry and Cell regulation).