Instructions for collecting samples

Instructions for collecting saliva samples for DNAlogy-kits®

To collect your sample, the DNAlogy-Kit® contains sterile cotton swabs, instructions for sample collection and an order form.

→ When collecting a sample, the aim is to collect as many cells as possible from inside the mouth.

Caution:

  • Do not consume any food or drinks and do not smoke for at least 30 minutes before sample collection.
  • Avoid touching the tip of the swab
  • Collect two samples per person (use the same identifier, e.g. Sample 1).

1. Instructions for swab samples

Step 1: Write down “Sample 1” and the collection date on the collection tube.

Step 2: Carefully open the first collection tube, holding it from the red plastic handle, and carefully remove the sterile swab for buccal samples.

Step 3: While holding the red plastic handle, insert the tip of the swab inside your mouth (cheek) and twist it many times (20 seconds on each cheek). Repeat steps 1-3 for the same person using the second collection tube.

Step 4: Let the swabs dry for at least 3 hours (not less) at room temperature and in a protected environment, away from any source of contamination. When the swabs are dry, put them back in the collection tubes.

Step 5: Place the two collection tubes containing the biological material to be analysed in the special return envelope and send it back to DNAlogy together with the completed DNA analysis order form.

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2. Instructions for collection of FTA card samples

To facilitate collection of your samples, the DNAlogy-Kit® contains special FTA cards, cotton swabs, instructions for collection of samples and forms to fill in the participants’ details.

FTA cards can preserve biological material for greater periods, ensuring their safe transfer when samples are collected remotely.

→ When collecting a sample, the aim is to collect as many cells as possible from inside the mouth and to deposit them on the FTA card, which will preserve the DNA until it is transferred to our laboratory.

Caution: Avoid touching the tip of the swab and the card on the inside.
Do not consume any food or drinks and do not smoke for at least 30 minutes before sample collection.

Step 1: Place the card on a clean, dry and flat surface. Write down “Sample 1” and the collection date on the card.

Step 2: Remove the swab from its pouch.

Step 3: Sample collection: While holding the plastic handle of the swab, place the spongy tip along the gums and underneath the tongue, collecting as much saliva as possible. Then, place the spongy tip inside the mouth and rub it inside the cheek for 30 seconds. Repeat in the other cheek using the opposite side of the spongy tip.

Step 4: Carefully open the paper cover of the card to reveal the pink round surface for sample collection. Place and press (without rubbing) the round spongy tip of the swab on the pink round surface for sample collection until it is completely moistened. Twist the swab to use the opposite side of the spongy tip and repeat the same procedure on the other pink round surface for sample collection. When the colour of the round surface for sample collection changes from pink to white, the procedure has been completed. Place the card in a dry place and let it dry for at least 15 minutes at room temperature. Discard the swab.

Step 5: When the card is dry, close it and return it in the plastic bag that contains the desiccant.

Step 6: Send back the card with the biological material to the DNAlogy laboratory, together with the filled in information form (DNA analysis order form) using the return envelope.

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Our Team at your disposal
24 hours, 7 days a week

   Leof. Vouliagmenis 98 Glyfada 166 74

   Tel: +30 210 9650 370

   Fax: +30 210 9650 370

   Mobile: +306987383417
          *for urgent cases

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