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Somatic Cell Sampling and Recovery (SCSR) Kits

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This process allows living cells from humans and animals to be sampled without a biopsy. These living cells (millions of cells) are recovered from a small pellet of fecal material and then used for conducting a variety of tests - diagnostic, genetic, drug development etc. SCSR kits consist of a vial containing a preservative for collecting a pellet of fecal sample, and a number of other accessories to allow the technician in the laboratory to isolate the cells. The preservative is nontoxic, and the samples can be collected and sent via mail or UPS at room temperature (no refrigeration is needed). The cells remain alive for up to 7 days in the preservative (time between collection of sample and delivery to the laboratory). This is the only procedure that allows us to obtain living cells from human and animal sources without the intervention of a clinician who would normally conduct a biopsy to obtain a tissue sample.

These cells form the basis for all biological and medical studies, because they open a window into the functioning of the cells from the donor. As a result ,all those who are involved in biological studies (practically the entire biotechnology industry) will find this a major breakthrough in their ability to sample living cells without having to see or touch the subject (total privacy can be maintained).

There are innumerable applications of this technology. These cells carry telltale signs of disease propensity (known as disease biomarkers, eg in cancer) and can be exploited for the early detection of diseases like cancer without conducting expensive and intrusive procedures such as colonoscopy for colon cancer; studies on intestinal stem cells noninvasively.

In drug discovery by pharmaceutical companies, this technology will considerably reduce the cost and time involved in bringing new drugs to the market, because the technique will allow us to quickly ascertain whether the drug under development has any beneficial/adverse effect on metabolism or mucosal immunity.

In cattle there is a condition called Johne's disease, a debilitating condition that is generally not identifiable in a herd until it is too late to intervene. We have experts in the field use our technology to show that cells from fecal samples collected from calves infected with the disease causing bacteria can be quickly identified by biological tests.

Applications include:

Pharmacogenomics and drug discovery
Method to investigate disease biomarkers, eg: cancer, inflammatory bowel disease in humans and veterinary applications.
Method to detect Johne's disease in cattle, noninvasively.
Method to investigate status of mucosal immunity
Method to collect and archive cell samples, noninvasively for epidemiological and population studies
Method to follow wild life populations and their migratory  habit