Scientific Collaboration between BPI and the Lebanese University

06 Apr 2017

Under the continuous efforts to build bridges between industry and academia and in collaboration between the Biotech Unit at BPI- lead by Dr. Marcel Bassil, BPI’s Biotech Associate Director - and the Faculty of Sciences at the Lebanese University, a study has been conducted to analyze the Oxidative Stress Levels in Buccal Cells Using MAWI Collection Tubes. The research has led to a scientific article that was recently published at the “Journal of Pharmacovigilance”.

The goal of the study was to seek new applications in the medical field under the umbrella of Research and Development and interestingly to find out if the iSWAB MAWI tubes can preserve oxidized molecules from human buccal cells.

Researchers concluded that the iSWAB tubes cannot preserve BPDE-DNA damage from human buccal cells and further investigations with different markers of oxidized DNA or even in lipid or protein oxidation should be undertaken.

BPI has embarked with many pioneering biotechnology projects; It has introduced MAWI DNA Technologies’ Next Generation of Non-Invasive Sample Collection (iSWAB).

This revolutionary iSWAB product is a one of a kind Buccal Cells based DNA sample collection kit which rivals blood in term of delivery.  Samples can be collected from any population segment including infants and elderly. ISWAB Tubes, unlike blood can be stored for years at room temperature without any sample degeneration.

The usage of buccal cells has been shown by many to be a cost effective, non-invasive and safe method to isolate DNA for various biological experiments, especially large epidemiological studies.

For more information, download the article entitled “Oxidative Stress Levels in Buccal Cells Using MAWI Collection Tubes”.

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