Microbial studies have indicated that the balance of flora in many human systems, including saliva, plaques, skin and gut, are a key indicator of health. Traditional methods of collection and storage of microbiome samples often include freezing, which presents logistical challenges in cold chain transport and storage and can complicate technical viability in the collection process.
Isohelix has addressed these issues with the GeneFix Saliva Microbiome DNA Collection device. Microbial DNA is perfectly preserved at room temperature in the pre-filled buffer for at least 1 year. The stabilization is instant, and the buffer prevents bacterial growth, so the sample accurately reflects the oral microbiome at the moment of sampling. The devices and buffer are free from any trace human or bacterial DNA, so researchers can be confident in the accuracy of their results.