Standard DNA Banking
What is DNA Banking?
DNA Banking is the long-term, secure storage of DNA samples and genetic data generated from specific animal tissue
How much does it cost to store DNA?
The cost for extracting DNA from a single tissue sample is $10.00 which includes one-full year of storage. For each
additional year a sample storage fee is charged, thus the long-term storage cost for each DNA sample. Total storage cost
for a customer’s animal DNA depends on the number of samples in their inventory (see DNA Banking Pricing on DNA
Banking on the Banking Order Form).
How much does it cost to transfer my DNA to another lab?
The cost is $5.00 per DNA sample plus shipping expenses payable to Agritech Genetics payable before shipment. Each
receiving lab charges differently for their handling fees, you will be responsible for paying any additional fees required by
them to receive your sample.
Tissue & Specimen Submission
What are the best tissue types for DNA storage?
Whole blood samples yield the highest quality and amount of DNA for long-term storage and is the recommended storage
choice for samples from livestock and companion animals that someday you might want critical information from (i.e.,
genotyping, sequencing). Ear punches (Allflex TSU’s) are also quite acceptable for livestock and are generally easy to
obtain. Other methods such as hair follicles or saliva may not yield as much quality DNA as whole blood or ear punches
and are prone to cross contamination which can complicate DNA analyses. For any other methods, please contact us and
we will be happy to assist you with your decision on which type of tissue sample to send and how to send it.
How are the DNA samples stored?
We store DNA in ultra-low temperature freezers such as cryogenic liquid nitrogen tanks, ultra-low freezers or by dehydration
(dry) storage methods. For this latter method, we store each sample in a secure container labeled for each customer’s
DNA bank. We strive to store each DNA sample using two different methods and in two different locations in order to have
a back-up for security of customer samples.
How long can I store DNA samples?
No one really knows!! Maybe forever if properly handled. We use the best methods in the industry to preserve each
sample for long term use. Integrity of the DNA is very important for correct analysis to get the best information for you, the
customer. However, we only contractually guarantee high quality DNA for up to 50 years.
Who owns the DNA?
You own the DNA from the tissue sample submitted. You own and control all information derived from the DNA. At the time
tissue samples are submitted for extraction and DNA banking, we will ask for ownership information. You will be able to
designate who the owner is and who is authorized to have access to it.