Safe Viral Transport Medium (ITM)
Reliable and safe viral transport medium that inactivates viruses and other pathogens without AVL or TRIzol and protects the integrity of DNA and RNA. Viral transport medium DNA/RNA Shield inactivates viruses and is universally compatible with existing nucleic acid extraction workflows on leading automated platforms (Tecan, Hamilton, Thermo KingFisher, and more) for high-throughput sample processing.
Protect DNA & RNA
in biological samples. No cold chain.
and other pathogens (bacteria, eukaryotes)
most platforms including: Zymo Research, Qiagen, Roche and Thermo Fisher
Safe Viral Transport Medium that Protects DNA & RNA for >30 Days
Viral Transport Medium that Inactivates Tough Microbes and Viruses
Used by research groups:
DNA/RNA Shield has been rigorously tested to ensure inactivation of the toughest viruses, such as parvovirus (5), and fulfills EN14476:2017. It is a viral transport medium that abides by the Center for Disease Control's guidelines for pathogen inactivation (18).
Well Cited for Virus and Pathogen Collection
Viral Transport Medium with Universal Compatibility
Safe viral transport medium ready for COVID-19 samples. Nasopharyngeal swabs, Oropharyngeal swabs (e.g. throat swabs), sputum, saliva, and more can be stored in the reagent, then directly processed using extraction kits and workflows.
Reduce Preparation Steps. Automation-ready.
Viral transport medium that requires no additional inactivation with AVL, TRIzol, or similar
Samples collected can be input into existing nucleic acid extraction workflows on leading automated platforms (Tecan, Hamilton, Thermo KingFisher, and more) for high-throughput sample processing.
Safely Used in Many Commercial Testing Labs
For Remote Sampling and Safe Room Temperature Transport
Relied Upon By Top Researchers and Institutions
Viral Transport Medium In Action
Tracking MERS-CoV Transmission in the Desert
In order to survey dromedary camels in the Oman desert for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), researchers at the VetMed University in Vienna needed highly sophisticated, safe sample storage technology. DNA/RNA Shield enabled researchers to store samples in the most extreme desert temperatures while providing complete viral inactivation for safe international travel. The samples collected and stored with DNA/RNA Shield revealed the presence of MERS-CoV in several camels that are closely related to human MERS-CoV, suggesting possible transmission of MERS-CoV from camel to human.
NASA-Validated Sample Preservation in Space
NASA Researchers needed the best sample storage, preservation and biohazard inactivation technology available for groundbreaking research on the International Space Station (ISS). As the only product that can maintain a biostatic 'genetic snapshot' of collected samples while inactivating any biohazardous material, DNA/RNA Shield was the clear choice for future missions. DNA/RNA Shield's unparalleled sample storage and preservation technology allows NASA to reach new limits and study the effects of microgravity of the human microbiome.
Collection and Inactivation of Malaria in Remote Areas
A malariologist from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMD) aimed to assess one of the biggest challenges in eradicating malaria from the Mekong region of Southeast Asia - identifying asymptomatic carriers of the disease. Traditional sample collection, storage, and preservation devices did not have the portability required for the infectious parasitic disease research in inaccessible regions; nor did they allow detection of low parasitic loads. DNA/RNA Shield enabled researchers to safely work in the field and travel internationally while preserving low levels of parasite DNA.
Viral Transport Medium (ITM) Formats
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- Eurovir, Virucidal activity if the nucleic acid preservation product “DNA/RNA Shield” against the murine parvovirus (MVM) at 20°C
- Ebolavirus - Validated by L. Avena and Dr. A. Griffiths, Department of Virology and Immunology, Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
- Phommanivong, V, et al. ”Co-circulation of the dengue with chikungunya virus during the 2013 outbreak in the southern part of Lao PDR” Tropical Medicine and Health, 44(24) (2016).
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- HSV-1/2 - Validated by H. Oh, F. Diaz and Prof. D. Knipe, Virology Program, Harvard Medical School.
- Dornfeld, D, et al., "SMARCA2-regulated host cell factors are required for MxA restriction of influenza A viruses" Scientific Reports, 8(1) (2018).
- Influenza A - Validated by D. Poole and Prof. A. Mehle, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Ronca, SE, et al. ,"Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of West Nile Virus Isolate 2004Hou3" International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(8) (2019).
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- Kolodziejek J, et al., “West Nile Virus Positive Blood Donation and Subsequent Entomological Investigation, Austria, 2014” PLoS ONE, 10(5) (2015).
- Bacteria and Yeast - Validated by Zymo Research Corporation.
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