IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Zymo Research announced today that it is offering five new sample collection devices. Each type of collection tube contains Zymo Research's DNA/RNA Shield™ storage reagent, which preserves the genetic integrity and expression profiles of various samples such as cells, tissues, blood, plasma, serum, saliva, urine, and feces, at ambient temperatures for extended periods.
Methods used to collect and store samples can impact the analysis of nucleic acids. Without proper storage conditions in place, a sample can be compromised and therefore a misrepresentation of the data can result. To prevent samples from degrading, Zymo Research has developed five new collection devices containing its DNA/RNA Shield™ storage reagent. Samples can be stored at ambient temperature for up to 30 days while maintaining the integrity of the nucleic acids in the sample. At the same time, all pathogens contained within the sample are inactivated. Additionally, by eliminating the need to remove the reagent during the purification process, Zymo Research has also streamlined the sample analysis process even further.
The five new collection devices that are now available include:
- DNA/RNA Shield™ Swab Collection Tube is ideal for mouth, nose, throat and environmental sample collection.
- DNA/RNA Shield™ Blood Collection Tube is best for gene expression analysis, miRNA analysis, and blood borne pathogen detection.
- DNA/RNA Shield™ Fecal Collection Tube can be used for miRNA analysis, pathogen detection, gene expression, and microbiomic analysis.
- DNA/RNA Shield™ Lysis Tubes (for tissues and microbes) are well suited for microbiomic, gene expression and miRNA analyses, as well as pathogen detection. Tubes contain ultra high-density ZR BashingBead™ lysis matrix.
Dr. Graham Threadgill, Vice President of Global Marketing at Zymo Research, noted, "The advantage of having these various collection devices filled with DNA/RNA Shield™ is that a 'molecular snapshot' of the sample at time of collection can be obtained without the need for refrigeration or specialized equipment. We have made it our goal to standardize sample collection in clinical and research settings."