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

Blood Sample Collection

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)


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Swab Collection

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)


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Fecal Sample Collection

Store and inactivate fecal samples with innovative collection devices which include a fecal scoop cup, swab collection system, and lysis tubes. Samples collected are ready for downstream microbiomic analysis.  (Learn More)


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Environmental Sample Collection

Collect an assortment of inputs including plant, soil, sludge, sediment, fluids, and/or fecal samples with collection devices prefilled with DNA/RNA Shield™.  (Learn More)


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Tissue & Insect Sample Collection

Ensure stabilization of animal tissues and whole insects with innovative collection devices which include tissue and insect lysis tubes.  (Learn More)


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Pathogenic Sample Collection

Ensure inactivation of pathogenic samples with specialized collection devices prefilled with DNA/RNA Shield™. Store a variety of inputs including soil, fecal samples, biological fluids, whole organisms, tissues, etc.  (Learn More)


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Urine Sample Collection

Urine Conditioning Buffer™ (UCB™) ensures nucleic acid stability in urine during sample storage/transport at ambient temperatures. There is no need for refrigeration or specialized equipment. UCB™ can be added to any urine collection device.  (Learn More)


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Bulk Reagent

Can’t find a device that fits your needs? We also have reagent available so that you may custom fill the device of your choosing.  (Learn More)


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