Sample Collection & Preservation Overview
The collection and transportation of samples for subsequent nucleic acid analysis has historically been difficult due to DNA/RNA degradation or modification caused by environmental factors and by pathogens present in the sample. Current collection and transportation methods require the use of cold-chain logistics to prevent or slow down the degradation process. Likewise, in order to ship pathogenic samples a series of steps must be performed in order to inactivate the sample. In addition, depending on the sample being collected, specialized devices or equipment might be required.
Zymo Research offers a wide range of sample collection devices that are tailored to the needs of scientists in the lab and out in the field. Our collection devices implement the DNA/RNA Shield™ technology, which can reliably provide a genetic snapshot at the time of collection by stabilizing the nucleic acids at ambient temperature for up to a month and rendering the sample noninfectious for safe transport. Samples collected in DNA/RNA Shield™ devices are prepared for worry-free transport and are ready for any downstream purification; and unlike any preservative on the market, there is no need for removal of the DNA/RNA Shield™ reagent.
At Zymo Research, we have made it our goal to standardize sample collection in the clinical/research setting.
Sample Collection & Preservation Technologies
Conveniently collect whole blood directly into our DNA/RNA Shield™ blood vacuum tubes. Each evacuated tube draws in an exact amount of whole blood which instantly stabilizes the nucleic acid and inactivates any harmful/pathogenic organism s in the sample. For plasma and serum we have pre-filled tubes as well as bulk reagent for custom filling. (Learn More)
Collect samples from the mouth, nose, and throat. Samples can also be collected where a swab may be deemed appropriate per application. Formats include a swab-based collection method into a collection device or a collection tube ready for sample homogenization. (Learn More)