Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Bode SecurSwab Line
The Bode SecurSwab devices are designed so that the protective tube can serve as a handle. This allows for a more rigorous collection of stains and better sample collection.
Since it does not have to be air dried before packaging, it reduces the potential to introduce contamination. Packaging of wet swabs can also lead to transfer of sample to the container, thus reducing the amount of DNA left on the swab for testing and possible degradation of the DNA. The Bode SecurSwab DUO-V swab system ranked number one for both small- and large-volume DNA recovery in the Swab Collection Study conducted by the National Forensic Science Technology Center and funded through the National Institute of Justice.1
Bode SecurSwab devices include a 100% cotton swab. Due to this property, it is compatible with most extraction and quantification kits. Internal testing has been based on Qiagen extraction methods. Our technical services team can assist clients in optimizing extraction and quantification procedures for SecurSwab Collector samples.
No. The integrated desiccants dry a fully-saturated swab in less than five hours. By eliminating air drying at the crime scene, the Bode SecurSwab enables more efficient handling of evidence and reduces the risk of contamination caused by exposure to the crime scene and personnel.
Bode SecurSwab devices are designed with a “break point” that enables the entire swab head to be snapped directly into a microcentrifuge tube. Alternatively, a portion of the swab can be cut using clean scissors and placed into a tube for extraction.
The Bode SecurSwab product line is a collection system that provides sample collection, drying, and protection during transport--all in one device. These unique properties aid in recovering more DNA, as compared to generic swabs, and protecting the sample from degradation and contamination.
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