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DNA material from PCR swabs (FOI)

DNA material from PCR swabs (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 21 December 2020.
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Please advise


What happens to the DNA material collected by the laboratory with the PCR swab on being tested for Coronavirus?


If it is retained

i) how long for?

ii) Does it get destroyed or used for any further purposes?

iii) If it is used for further purposes, what are these purposes?



The material is autoclaved and then sent for incineration.


i) It is mainly kept for up to 7 days

ii) >95% is destroyed

iii) Some is kept and is used to verify that kit batches are working properly and to determine if new type of assays may be suitable for use. It is also used for sequencing.

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