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.

All human cells share the same DNA. DNA analysis of blood, saliva, hair-roots or nails can be done as successfully and accurately as with any other biological material.

DNAlogy laboratories have the highest technological tools for solving even the most demanding cases that require DNA analysis. Small quantities of genetic material are enough for a quick, trustworthy and scientifically documented answer. In the table below you can see the general categories of samples that can be used in genetic identification of biological material.

SAMPLE CATEGORIES

TYPE OF SAMPLE 

 

Clothing

clothes, underwear, socks, stockings, sheets

Kitchen utensils

glasses, forks, knives, bottles, drinking straws

Food

chewing gums, candies, sandwiches, fruits, biscuits

Bath utensils

razors, toothbrushes, dental floss, towels, combs, ear sticks

Body fluids / Tissues

blood, saliva, vaginal secretions, nasal secretions, hair-roots, dandruff, nails, abortion products, biopsies/tissues in paraffin, teeth, bones

 

Criminal assault tools

 

knives, guns, hoods, gloves, bottles, tools

Other Samples

cigarette butts, condoms, watches, wallets, paper notes, ropes, envelopes, stamps, pacifiers, bibs, baby bottles, paper tissues, hansaplasts, e.t.c.

 

 From the above samples, very rich in biological material are: toothbrush, cigarette  butts, nails,  ear sticks, pacifiers, chewing gums, condoms, underwear and razors.  Before choosing a sample  for analysis, contact our DNA experts for the best solution  in your case.

                                

 

 

                          

                                           General guidelines for biological material sample collection

1. Avoid any contact with bare hands, with the samples to be analyzed or with the region that is suspected to have the biological material. Collect samples wearing gloves, with tissues or forceps.

2. Place the samples in clean bags or contact us to supply you with the special packaging.

3. Keep samples in normal conditions of light, air and temperature. Avoid the sun, humidity and high temperatures.

4. If the samples are wet, dry them if possible or keep the refrigerated.

For more details regarding sample collection and preservation contact us to discuss with our DNA experts.