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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 swabs with a unique identifying name and sampling date.

Step 2
Carefully open the sterile swab packaging holding the red plastic applicator end and remove the swab from the packaging.

Step 3
Sampling: Rub the cotton tip of the swab firmly against the inside of both cheeks several times (20-30 seconds) in each direction.

Step 4
Air dry the swabs for at least 1 hour at room temperature while keeping them protected from any source of contamination. When dry, place the swabs back in their packaging. Repeat the steps 1-4 with the second swab

Step 5
Send the swabs back to DNAlogy along with the completed questionnaire (consent and order form) by using the reply envelope.

DNA EXPERTS SERVICES

DNAlogy, the first private Greek laboratory to handle forensic investigations that include DNA analysis and its international scientific team, offer for the first time in Greece state-of-the-art scientific and technical consulting services as well as representation in Greek and European court. 

DNA analysis is used more and more in civil and penal court cases. Interpretation of the results presented in lab analysis expert reports and examination of their trueness requires special knowledge and experience. For this reason, DNAlogy’s expert witnesses, Dr.George Fitsialos (PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics) and Dr. Efthimia Karantzali (PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine), can represent you in the Greek Courts and offer you a number of consulting services according to your needs:

1) Presence in a crime scene to eye-witness the investigation procedure and ensure collection of the appropriate evidence.

2) Examination and interpretation of DNA Expert reports including DNA analysis and identification, guidelines for case handling.

3) Recovery and re-testing of evidence samples.

4) Complementary testing of sample evidence with new DNA analyses and new DNA Expert Report

5) Representation in court as DNA Expert witnesses.