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Thermo Fisher Scientific SpeciMAX Stabilized Saliva Collection Kit

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched the Thermo Scientific SpeciMAX Stabilized Saliva Collection Kit, which is designed to safely collect saliva for research. The kit preserves viral nucleic acids in a non-hazardous stabilization solution that inactivates common respiratory viruses for safer sample collection, the company said. It comes with an easy-to-use, spill-resistant funnel, a screw cap to secure the sample after collection, and a standardized size tube that fits into viral RNA extraction automation workflows for high-throughput sample processing.

The stabilized solution is non-hazardous, does not contain guanidinium to avoid interaction with bleach, and is compatible with all disinfection protocols. The stabilization agent preserves nucleic acid in saliva samples at ambient temperature for up to 14 days for RNA and viral nucleic acid, and up to two years for gDNA.

The new kit also complements Thermo Fisher's SpeciMAX Saliva Collection Kit for raw saliva, which the company released in June. Both products come individually packaged and barcoded, require just 1 mL of saliva, and are a standardized 6 mL size.