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FTA Classic indicating card
Indicating FTA and FTA Elute Cards
The collection and achiving of buccal cells is
straightforward with the use of our Indicating FTA card products.
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EasiCollect™ device
Enables convenient buccal sample collection
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Custom FTA cards
Sample collection for your
specific agency needs .
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Custom buccal kit
(with easy collect device)

Streamline collection with a unique kit for your agency
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Harris Uni-Core 1.2 mm
Manual punching tool for use with FTA cards
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Harris eCore punch
Compact, versitile, electric coring instrument
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ecore FTA purification reagent
Purifies DNA stored on FTA cards
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Whatman FTA and FTA Elute cards
With FTA, the DNA remains tightly bound while proteins and inhibitors are washed from the matrix.
FTA Classic indicating card


With FTA Elute, proteins remain tightly bound while DNA is eluted from the matrix.
FTA Elute indicating card
Both FTA and FTA Elute cards are available as indicating cards for use with clear samples, such as buccal cells or saliva.
They include a pink (FTA) or purple (FTA Elute) indicating dye that turns to white when a clear sample is applied.
FTA technology offers the following advantages over untreated papers and swabs:

FTA technology advantages
In addition, FTA cards provide flexibility—one sample can be used with multiple downstream technologies. FTA fits into common forensic workflows, including DNA extraction using organic solvents or commercially available DNA extraction kits, DNA quantitation using real-time PCR, mitochondrial sequencing, and STR analysis.
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EasiCollect easicollect GE Healthcare's Whatman EasiCollect is a sample collection device that integrates a built-in foam applicator and a 2 x 2 inch Indicating FTA card into a single product to simplify buccal collection. The EasiCollect design facilitates the uniform collection and transfer of buccal cells onto Indicating FTA paper.
Benefits of using EasiCollect for buccal samples:
  • Designed for ambient-temperature DNA collection, transport, and archiving
  • Allows uniform collection and transfer of buccal cells
  • Enables processing with direct amplification or the punch-and-wash method
  • Requires minimal training for successful collection
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Field-based sample collection often requires the use of multiple products, such as data collection forms, gloves, sterile wipes, and a collection product, as well as barcodes to help ensure chain of custody.

Custom kits enable you to handle all of these tasks with a single product that will fit into your agency’s workflow. GE Healthcare can customize kits that include any of our Whatman FTA products or other sample collection products and accessories.

We can provide custom FTA cards with the following options:
  • Accommodation for areas to include subject’s information and/or fingerprints
  • Agency-specific data forms; agency name, logo, etc.
  • Inclusion of barcodes for tracking
  • Customized instructions for sample collection and shipping
  • Special inks for optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Tools needed for successful collection and transport
  • And much more by utilizing our Custom Service Group

Trust GE Healthcare, with its expertise, manufacturing capability, and quality systems, to manufacture your custom sample collection kits and cards.
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Additional products and accessories
punch Two different manual punch tools are available for use with FTA cards—Harris Micro Punch and Harris Uni-Core Punch. The Harris Uni-Core and Micro-Punch products are designed with a very sharp, stainless steel cutting edge. The Harris Uni-Core is a disposable punch that provides up to 500 punches. The Harris Micro-Punch has a polished steel tip that is case hardened and can be sterilized. Each tip provides up to 2000 punches.
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The GE Healthcare Harris e-Core tool is a compact, versatile, electric coring device designed for unrestricted sampling of a FTA and FTA Elute cards. It utilizes 1.2 , 2.0 and 3.0 mm re­placeable Harris Micro-Punch™ Tips. The razor sharp cutting edge on the Harris Micro-Punch Tip cleanly and precisely cores discs from FTA all but eliminating potential cross contamination between sampling.

The ergonomic “joy stick” grip and simple operation of the e-Core provides comfort and efficiency, integrating smoothly into multiple levels of laboratory sample throughput. The user has complete management of the disc recovery process, the coring speed and disc delivery.

The Harris e-Core ejection system offers the user the ability to control both the speed and delivery of the ejected disc. Most importantly the Harris e-Core ejection system does not generate static, ensuring accurate disc delivery.
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Sterile OmniSwab
Sterile Foam-Tipped Applicator

GE Healthcare offers two products for buccal cell/saliva collection when archiving is not needed—OmniSwab and Sterile Foam-Tipped Applicators. OmniSwab enables sterile buccal cell collection and easy purification of DNA from the swab. OmniSwab is made of absorbent material specifically designed for the collection of buccal cells. The single-use swab has a unique, injectable collection pad to assist in processing samples. DNA can be extracted directly from the swab using standard purification  protocols.

The Sterile Foam Tipped Applicator is intended for use with the Indicating FTA and Indicating FTA Elute cards. Simply swab the cheek, and then apply the applicator head to the Indicating FTA or Indicating FTA Elute card.
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FTA Purification Reagent is used to purify DNA stored on FTA cards. This reagent can be used to wash punches in the “punch in” procedure for standard STR amplification. Alternatively, samples can be subjected to direct amplification.
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punch Sample integrity during transport and storage will be maximized by placing your FTA cards in a Multi-Barrier Pouch with a desiccant pack. Multi-Barrier Pouches may be used for transporting or storing FTA cards. The pouches feature a tamper-evident seal. Two sizes are available—large and small. Desiccant packets ensure that the FTA matrix remains dry during transport or storage. See the table for additional product information.
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  • Offender DNA databasing
  • Forensic DNA casework -- matching known samples to unknown samples
  • Paternity testing -- identifying family members
  • Missing persons investigations
  • Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)
  • Military DNA “dog tag” – DNA identification files for military personnel
  • Genetic studies/population studies
Globally, forensic scientists utilize Whatman FTA technology to collect, stabilize, transport, and archive their DNA samples. With custom and off-the-shelf products available for blood or buccal cell collection, FTA technology can also be used by law enforcement personnel to quickly and easily collect samples from arrestees and offenders. With the many different applications amenable for use with FTA come the many different sample types that can be applied to FTA. Example of typical samples that can be stored and analyzed using FTA Cards.
Liquid samples Solid Samples
Saliva Solid Tissue (i.e. muscle tissue, tumor cells, liver)
Buccal Cells Stool Sample
Whole Blood Bone Marrow
Blood Derivatives Hair Root
Sperm cells/ Semen Soil Samples
Urine  
Amniotic Fluid  
Purified DNA  
Glycerol Stock  
The method of sample application is dependent on the sample type:
  • Saliva and buccal samples – cells are transferred to “indicating” cards with gentle pressure.
  • Cell suspensions and other liquid samples – such as blood can be pipetted onto the matrix. Typically between 5-125μL of sample is applied per designated area. Samples should be applied evenly over the defined sample area to avoid overloading the matrix in any one area.
  • Solid samples – applying pressure; samples such as meat or tumors are cut to expose a fresh surface and placed directly on the FTA matrix. Pressure is applied to ensure good contact and transfer of cells between the exposed surface and the matrix. Cellular transfer can be checked by removing the tissue to visualize the matrix; if required the sample can be reapplied with increased pressure.
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For human identification questions related to products, services or for technical support,
an email can be sent to DNACollection@ge.com

Please include the following:

Name
Institution
Country
Contact information (email, phone number, etc.)
Lot numbers (for technical support)
Purchase order- local (for technical support)
Sales Order number – local (for technical support)

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Certificate of AnalysisSome Certificates of Analysis (CofAs) can be found online
or can be requested at requests.msds-cofa@ge.com
Material Safety Data Sheets To search our complete database of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS),
please click here or can be requested at requests.msds-cofa@ge.com

To download a copy of the ISO Certificate click here.
February 2012    
American Academy of Forensic Science Atlanta, GA 20-24 February 2012
March 2012    
EuroForensics 2012 Istanbul, Turkey 29-31 March 2012
1st International Forensic Technology Fair Warsaw, Poland 28-30 March 2012
Product Notes Sample areas/card Cards/pack Code number
Indicating cards For buccal and saliva samples      
EasiCollect
  • Contains a 2x2 inch Indicating FTA card plus foam collection pad.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
1 50 WB120462
Indicating FTA Micro Card
  • Recommended when only one sample is needed.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
1
1
25
100
WB120311
WB120211
Indicating FTA Mini Card
  • Each sample can be processed independently.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
2
2
25
100
WB120356
WB120056
Indicating FTA Classic Card
  • Convenient for multiple applications of the same sample on one card.
  • Each sample can be processed independently.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
4
4
25
100
WB120306
WB120206
Indicating FTA Elute Micro Card
  • For water elution of DNA.
1
1
25
100
WB120412
WB120411
Non-indicating cards For blood samples      
FTA Micro Card
  • Recommended when only one sample is needed.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
1
1
25
100
WB120310
WB120210
FTA Mini Card
  • Convenient for protocols that require different locations for testing and archiving of samples.
  • Each sample can be processed independently.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
2
2
25
100
WB120355
WB120055
FTA Classic Card
  • Convenient for multiple applications of the same sample on one card.
  • Each sample can be processed independently.
  • Can be used with direct STR amplification.
4
4
25
100
WB120305
WB120205
FTA Elute Micro Card
  • For water elution of DNA.
4
4
25
100
WB120401
WB120410
 
Product Notes Quantity/
pack
Code number
Manual punching of FTA cards      
Harris Micro-Punch
  • No sample carryover when recommended procedures are used.
  • Tips provide up to 2000 punches..
  • Cutting mat ensures clean sample cuts and extends
    the life of cutting tip.
   
Harris Micro-Punch 1.2 mm,
with cutting mat
  • For use with FTA cards containing whole blood or buccal cells.
1 WB100005
Replacement Tip 1.2 mm   1 WB100006
Harris Micro-Punch 1.2 mm, replacement plunger   1 WB100025
Replacement Cutting Mat   1 WB100020
Harris Micro-Punch 2.0 mm,
with cutting mat
  • For use with FTA cards containing buccal cells.
1 WB100007
Replacement Tip 2.0 mm   1 WB100008
Harris Micro-Punch 2.0 mm,
replacement plunger
  1 WB100026
Harris Micro-Punch 3.0 mm,
with cutting mat
  • For use with FTA Elute.
1 WB100038
Replacement Tip 3.0 mm   1 WB100042
Harris Micro-Punch 3.0 mm,
replacement plunger
  • For use with FTA cards containing buccal cells.
1 WB100041
Harris Uni-Core Punch
  • Disposable punch.
  • No sample carryover when recommended procedures are used.
  • Tips provide up to 500 punches.
   
Harris Uni-Core Punch 1.2 mm
  • For use with FTA cards containing whole blood or buccal cells.
  • Can use one or two 1.2 mm punches with buccal samples.
4 WB100028
Harris Uni-Core Punch 2.0 mm
  • For use with FTA cards containing buccal cells.
4 WB100029
Harris Uni-Core Punch 3.0 mm
  • For use with FTA Elute.
4 WB100039
Harris Uni-Core Punch 6.0 mm
  • For use with FTA cards containing whole blood or buccal cells.
4 WB100040
Product Notes Quantity/
pack
Code number
Semi-Automated punching
of FTA cards
     
Harris e-Core 1.2 mm
  • For use with FTA cards containing whole blood or buccal cells.
1 WB100052
Harris e-Core 2.0 mm
  • For use with FTA cards containing buccal cells.
1 WB100048
Harris e-Core 3.0 mm
  • For use with FTA Elute.
1 WB100049
Replacement Tip 1.2 mm   1 WB100006
Replacement Tip 2.0 mm   1 WB100008
Replacement Tip 3.0 mm   1 WB100008
Buccal sample collection      
Sterile OmniSwab
  • For collection of buccal cells and saliva.
  • Features a brush-like swab head that easily ejects from the stem of
    the swab for transfer of samples into tubes.
  • For laboratories that collect samples that do not require archiving,
100 WB100035
Sterile Foam-Tipped Applicators
  • Easy-to-use applicator.
  • For collection and transfer of buccal cells and saliva to FTA cards.
  • The nonabrasive foam head is the same size as the sample area on
    Indicating FTA cards to facilitate sample application.
100 WB100032
DNA purification from FTA cards      
FTA Purification Reagents
  • For the purification of nucleic acids stored on FTA cards.
  • Ensures excellent quality DNA for STR analysis.
  • Removes heme, a PCR inhibitor, and other potential contaminants.
  • 500 ml bottle.
1 WB120204
Sample transport and storage For optimal sample integrity    
Multi-Barrier Pouch, large
  • For transport or storage of FTA Classic Cards.
  • Seven laminated layers protect the card from exposure to gas or liquid contamination.
  • Tamper-evident seal maintains sample security.
  • Outer paper surface for labeling or writing.
  • 9x15 cm.
100 WB100037
Multi-Barrier Pouch, small
  • Same construction in a smaller size for storage of FTA Mini Cards or
    FTA Micro Cards.
  • Also suitable for FTA Elute Micro Cards.
  • Tamper-evident seal maintains sample security.
  • Outer paper surface for labeling or writing.
  • 8x7 cm.
100 WB100037
Desiccant Packets
  • Ensure that the FTA matrix remains dry during transport or storage.
  • 1 g packets.
1000 WB100003
Laboratory surface protection      
Benchkote Benchkote Surface Protector, sheets, 460 x 570 mm
Benchkote Surface Protector, sheets, 460x570 mm
Benchkote Surface Protector, pad, 460 x 570 mm (available in US)
Benchkote Surface Protector, pad, 460 x 570 mm, 50 sheets per pad
(available in EU)
Benchkote Surface Protector, reel, 460 mm x 50 m
Benchkote Surface Protector, reel, 920 mm x 50 m
50
100
50
1
1
1
2300-916
2300-917
2300-594
2300-599
2300-731
2300-772
BenchKote Plus Benchkote Plus Surface Protector, sheets, 500 x 600 mm
Benchkote Plus Surface Protector, reel, 600 mm x 50 m
50
1
2301-6150
2301-6160
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