Sample Storage at Ambient Temperature

Remove the cold chain altogether with DNA/RNA Shield sample storage. DNA/RNA Shield preserves the genetic integrity of samples at point of collection enabling high quality downstream analysis. All sample types can be stored in DNA/RNA Shield for transport at ambient temperature reducing cost and complexity.

DNA/RNA Shield sample storage

  • Protect DNA and RNA in any biological sample without cold chain
  • Pathogen inactivation (bacteria, virus, eukaryotic)
  • Streamlined purification – Universally compatible and automatable.

FDA EUA & CE IVD Certified

FDA EUA and CE IVD certified DNA/RNA Shield product line

The DNA/RNA Shield product line contains sample storage devices for clinical diagnostic applications that are FDA 510(k) cleared, Emergency Use Authorized and CE-marked. The devices with FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the collection use in Zymo Research's SARS-CoV-2 workflow include the DNA/RNA Shield Saliva Collection Kit - DX (R1210-E) and the DNA/RNA Shield Collection Tube w/ Swab (R1107-E, R1109-E). These devices have obtained CE IVD certification for diagnostic use, in addition to the DNA/RNA Shield Fecal Collection Tube - DX (R1101-E).

Don't Worry About Your Samples

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Accurate Composition

Without Preservative -
Composition Changes

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DNA/RNA Shield preserves the genetic integrity of a sample at point of collection for sensitive downstream analyses (e.g., Next-Gen Sequencing, RT-PCR, etc.). Any sample type can be stored in DNA/RNA Shield for transport at ambient temperature, even in the most extreme conditions.

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Sample Storage Protection From Freeze-Thaw

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Complete Pathogen Inactivation

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DNA/RNA Shield lyses and effectively inactivates pathogens in a sample. This includes tough-to-lyse microbes and viruses without need for additional steps, such as heat-treatment, homogenization, or alcohol sterilization.
DNA/RNA Shield has been rigorously tested to ensure inactivation of the toughest viruses.

Used by Scientists around the world for studying:

Bacteria Viruses Yeast & Eukaryotes
B. subtilis SARS-CoV-2 C. albicans
E. faecalis Monkeypox C. albicans
E. coli Parvovirus C. neoformans
L. fermentum Chikungunya Virus P. malariae
L. monocytogenes Dengue Virus
M. tuberculosis Ebolavirus
P. aeruginosa Herpes Simplex Virus-1
S. neterica Herpes Simplex Virus-2
S. aureus Influenza A
S. pneumoniae Rhinovirus
X. fastidiosa MERS-coronavirus
West Nile Virus

Streamlined Purification of DNA & RNA

Zymo Spin IC Column
  • No reagent removal
  • Compatible with all purification kits
    (including Quick-RNA, Quick-DNA, etc.)
  • Fully automatable
Collection Plate

Direct Compatibility On Automated Platforms

Tecan Fluent®

Tecan Fluent

Hamilton Microlab STAR

Hamilton Microlab STAR

Thermo Kingfisher Flex

Thermo Kingfisher Flex

Ready For All Downstream Applications


Top Researchers & Institutions Rely On DNA/RNA Shield

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DNA/RNA Shield In Action

In order to survey dromedary camels in the Oman Desert for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), researchers at the VetMed University in Vienna needed highly sophisticated, safe sample storage technology. DNA/RNA Shield enabled researchers to store samples in the most extreme desert temperatures while providing complete viral inactivation for safe international travel. The samples collected and stored with DNA/RNA Shield revealed the presence of MERS-CoV in several camels that are closely related to human MERS-CoV, suggesting possible transmission of MERS-CoV from camel to human.

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NASA Researchers needed the best sample storage, preservation and biohazard inactivation technology available for groundbreaking research on the International Space Station (ISS). As the only product that can maintain a biostatic 'genetic snapshot' of collected samples while inactivating any biohazardous material, DNA/RNA Shield was the clear choice for future missions. DNA/RNA Shield's unparalleled sample storage and preservation technology allows NASA to reach new limits and study the effects of microgravity on the human microbiome.

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A malariologist from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMD) aimed to assess one of the biggest challenges in eradicating malaria from the Mekong region of Southeast Asia - identifying asymptomatic carriers of the disease. Traditional sample storage, storage, and preservation devices did not have the portability required for infectious parasitic disease research in inaccessible regions; nor did they allow detection of low parasitic loads. DNA/RNA Shield enabled researchers to safely work in the field and travel internationally while preserving low levels of parasite DNA.

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