Shipping Blood and/or Isolated DNA
Shipping Dried Blood Spot Cards
Please follow these instructions for easy specimen shipping.
Transferring Blood to Spots
Prepare the blood cards on a clean, dry, and flat surface. Transfer 100 μl EDTA blood sample in the middle of each of the ten spots on the two blood spot cards. Complete patient name, date of birth, and date of sample collection on both blood spot cards. If you are sending more than one patient (e.g. exome trio) use two cards for each patient. You can ship all samples for one cohort in one envelope.
Dry both blood spot cards at room temperature for at least two hours. When dried, cover the filter with the paper flap.
Please do not stack or cover the blood spot cards while drying. Drying with heat (e.g. hairdryers, heating, microwave, etc.) will damage the DNA. Do not store the filtercards in the refrigerator or freezer while drying.
Place both blood spot cards in the plastic protective sleeve for protection during transport. Remove the pink cover and close the plastic flap of the envelope.
Mail both blood spot cards and the order form(s) in the pre-addressed envelope to us.