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"The collection protocol is very convenient, the extraction is very quick and simple, and the yield is great. Our downstream applications include PCR, restriction enzyme digestion and sequencing. We have collected numerous family members who were not willing to go for a blood draw, as well as children, elderly patients and overseas relatives. The ease of shipping and self-collection are remarkable. Our lab is very impressed with this timely product."

Ruth McPherson, MD, PhD
Nihan Kavaslar, PhD
Lipoproteins and Atherosclerosis Research Group
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

We are pleased to announce the recipient of DNA Genotek’s ‘Your Choice’ Award to you today. The quality of the entries we received exceeded our expectations and the selection committee had a difficult task to review and evaluate each submission carefully before selecting the winner. We congratulate the following winning submissions:



The grand prize award of 10,000 USD value in DNA Genotek products and/or GenoFIND Genomic Services

Who: Dr. Esteban Arrieta Bolanos
Institution: Universidad de Costa Rica
Title: Immunogenetic characterization of Costa Rican and Central American populations



The 2 runner up awards of 5,000 USD value each in DNA Genotek products and/or GenoFIND Genomic Services go to:

Who: Dr. Susan Groth
Institution: University of Rochester
Title: Pregnancy and Telomere Length: Seeking a Relationship



The second runner up award is to be shared by two winning entrants:

  1. Who: Dr. Mark Brown
    Institution: Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Title: Treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome: Evaluation of genetics through single nucleotide polymorphisms and methylation
  2. Who: Dr. Lauri Jensen-Campbell
    Institution: University of Texas at Arlington
    Title: The influence of being bullied on adolescent physical health outcomes and cellular aging

DNA Genotek's 'Your Choice' Award

Accelerate your genetic discoveries with DNA Genotek’s ‘Your Choice’ Award. DNA Genotek is making three awards available which offer a choice of DNA Genotek products and/or GenoFIND Genomic Services to facilitate sample collection and genetic analysis. The winning applicants can choose to use the award for DNA Genotek products (sample collection kits, sample preparation products), for GenoFIND Genomic Services, or both (up to the value of the award).

DNA Genotek products available for the award include:

  • Oragene for self-collection of human genomic DNA from saliva
  • OMNIgene•DISCOVER for collection of microbial  DNA from saliva
  • prepIT for optimized extraction of DNA from saliva

GenoFIND genomic services available for the award include:

  • Nucleic acid extraction
  • PCR-based assays
  • Whole exome and targeted sequencing
  • Array-based SNP and expression profiling (Illumina and Affymetrix)
  • Custom assay development

Submission deadline: Eligible researchers must complete the award entry form and submit to DNA Genotek prior to 5:00 PM ET (GMT -5) on May 29, 2013.

Award amount: There are 3 awards available as follows:

  • One grand prize award of $10,000 US value in DNA Genotek products and/or GenoFIND Genomics Services
  • Two runner up awards of $5,000 US value each in DNA Genotek products and/or GenoFIND Genomics Services

Sample processing deadline: Samples must be collected by November 15, 2013.

Winner announced: June 18, 2013 on www.dnagenotek.com

Award Rules

  1. Applicant agrees that samples must be collected by November 15, 2013.
  2. All submitted materials must be in English.
  3. Applicants who have a relative or member of their household currently employed by DNA Genotek are ineligible to enter.
  4. The ‘Your Choice’ Award is open to researchers at academic institutions and non-profit research centers. All submitted samples and analysis must be for research purposes only.
  5. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all necessary and legally required informed consents, authorizations, approvals, and permissions have been obtained in order to participate in this program, including any required Internal Review Board (IRB) approvals.
  6. If selecting GenoFIND Genomic Services as part of the award, applicants must agree to DNA Genotek’s services terms and conditions. If selecting DNA Genotek products as part of the award, applicants must agree to DNA Genotek’s product terms and conditions.
  7. Applicants must allow DNA Genotek to publicly announce their name, project name or area of research, and institution or company if they are selected as the winner. Applicant must also provide feedback in the form of a testimonial or case study that may be used for marketing purposes (e.g. blog article).
  8. DNA Genotek will keep all information submitted in the award entry form confidential, except in the case of the winner.
  9. The award has no cash value and cannot be substituted for cash. The award is non transferable.
  10. DNA Genotek reserves the right to discontinue or modify the award at any time and for any reason. In such event, DNA Genotek will post a notice on this website. In the event of discontinuation of the award, DNA Genotek will have no liability to any existing or possible applicant or applicant’s employees or agents for such cancellation or modification.
  11. DNA Genotek may refuse to grant the award to any or all applicants if DNA Genotek determines at its sole discretion that the granting of such award would likely result in a violation of an applicable federal, state or local law, rule or policy.
  12. Each applicant is responsible for all of their own costs, and the costs of its employees and agents, that are incurred or that may be incurred in connection with this award, including, without limitation, any tax liability and any costs associated with entering into and participating in this award, developing ideas and materials, submitting materials, traveling and generally participating in the award.
  13. All decisions of the selection committee are final. The selection process is confidential.
  14. Applications will only be accepted for consideration if sent to DNA Genotek via the online entry form. All other applications will be rejected and destroyed.
  15. IN NO EVENT SHALL DNA GENOTEK, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING UNDER OR AS A RESULT OF ENTRANCE IN OR PARTICIPATION IN THE AWARD PROGRAM, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT DNA GENOTEK IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF DNA GENOTEK ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS AWARD SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE PRIZE AWARDED TO THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT UNDER THIS AWARD.

If you have any questions about DNA Genotek’s ‘Your Choice’ Award, please email grants@dnagenotek.com

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