Bode Buccal DNA Collection Systems

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Bode Buccal DNA Collection Systems

The Bode Buccal DNA Collector and Bode Buccal 2* are simple, direct collection systems. These devices are designed to: 

  • Simplify collections
  • Improve first pass success rates
  • Incorporate into manual or automated workflows

The collection devices use 100% cotton filter paper that is directly inserted into the subject’s mouth. There is no transfer step required, making for more reliable collections than those requiring that extra step.

Bode Buccal DNA Collector

Both the Bode Buccal DNA Collector and the Bode Buccal 2 are unique, one-step collection devices designed to maximize the amount of DNA collected and recovered from buccal samples. It is compatible with most chemistries, including direct amplification.

Both collection devices can be easily converted into storage cassettes that are compatible with automated punching systems.

Bode Buccal DNA Collector Bode Buccal DNA Collector and Storage Cassette


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Better First-Pass Success Rates

The easy-to-use collector can be placed directly in the subject’s mouth. The simple design helps to ensure consistent collection.  The table below shows the analysis of direct collection of samples collected in the field and sent to Bode Cellmark for processing as a part of offender databasing programs throughout the country. 

Comparison of First Pass Success Rates of Field-Collected Samples Processed at Bode Cellmark Over a 12-Month Period for DNA Databasing Contract Work**

Sample Substrate Samples Tested First-Pass Rate
Bode Buccal DNA Collectors 30,166 90.89%
Saliva-Stained Treated Cards 12,958 78.34%

Supported on Direct Amplification Systems

Both the Bode Buccal DNA Collector and Bode Buccal 2 are compatible with most commercial amplification systems.  If the amplification kit you are using is not listed, please contact Bode Cellmark for assistance.

Automation and Storage

Bode Cellmark’s archival cassettes enable the automation of punching and reduces the storage footprint.

  • Automation: The archival cassettes are compatible with lab robotics and liquid-handling devices including the BSD®600, Hamilton easyPunch STARlet, Copan CPA200, and Copan CPA300.
  • Labeling and Barcoding: The archival cassettes and envelopes provide ample space for labeling and barcoding.​
Bode Buccal DNA Collector Cassette Bode Buccal 2 Cassette
Bode Buccal 2 Cassette
The Bode Buccal DNA Collector Archival and Automation Cassette is a paper cassette with built-in adhesive that allows for easy conversion from the Bode Buccal DNA Collector. The collector snaps into the card and the handle is removed. This conversion makes the collector/cassette compatible with automated punchers and liquid-handling robots.

Bode also offers the Buccal Archival Trays for bulk storage of the Bode Buccal DNA Collectors. 

Long-Term Storage

The Bode Buccal Collectors can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry environment. The Bode Armor and the Bode Vault have been developed to improve results when DNA samples are stored.

Bode Armor is a reagent applied to the Bode Buccal DNA Collector and the Bode Buccal 2 devices that enhances DNA stability during long-term storage of collected samples.  The reagent helps protect against common factors leading to sample degradation such as:

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Enzymes (DNase)
  • Bacteria.

In a controlled internal study with accelerated sample aging to a simulated 30 years of storage, samples treated with Bode Armor showed significantly less sample degradation.

BodeArmor Table


The Bode Vault is a desiccated storage system designed to enhance long-term storage of DNA samples at room temperature. The Bode Vault includes a foil barrier pouch containing desiccants to create a microenvironment for long-term storage and sample protection that helps increase sample stability by protecting against degradation caused by environmental effects.

Customizable to fit your storage solution

  • Archival cassettes
  • Transport envelopes
  • Converted to cassettes for automated punching

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Product Literatur​e


*Patent pending

**Data sourced from study performed at Bode Cellmark Forensics

BSD600 is a trademark of Microelectronic Systems.
CPA200 is a trademark of Copan Italia S.p.A.​
CPA300 is a trademark of Copan Italia S.p.A.​
easyPunch STARlet is a trademark of Hamilton Company.
GlobalFiler is a registered trademark of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Identifiler is a registered trademark of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
PowerPlex is a registered trademark of Promega Corporation.

Bode Buccal DNA FAQ

Bode Buccal DNA Collector

The Bode Buccal DNA Collector is supported by all major manufacturers’ (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Promega, and QIAGEN) direct amplification kits. Bode Cellmark’s technical services team can provide recommended protocols and cycle numbers to achieve a high first-pass success rate.

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Yes. The Buccal DNA Collector has been treated with an electron beam, making it safe for use in your mouth.

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The Bode Buccal DNA Collector is a direct collection system. The sample processed in the laboratory is the same sample that was collected from the individual’s mouth. As a direct collection system, it does not require the transfer step that is necessary when using treated cards.

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