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Falk Fish ffish at SHANI.NET
Sat Mar 23 20:11:05 EST 1996

On 4 Mar 1996 HartA at agresearch.cri.nz wrote:
> I want to collect human saliva samples. I vaguely recall that it is possible 
> to get absorbent pads that can be sucked/ chewed and then removed from the 
> subjects mouth. Does anyone know of a source of these? Would the cylindrical 
> pads that dentists use to keep their patient's teeth dry be suitable?
> Thanks,
>                 Alan Hart

Sorry for the late response.  I spend too much time out of the country.

Saliva Diagnostic Systems (SDS), 11719 NE 95th Street, Vancouver, WA 
98682, USA (Not Canada!!!), Ph: 1-800-4-SALIVA, 1-800-472-5482, 
1-206-696-4800, Fax: 1-206-254-742, make saliva collection kits, in a form 
you have described.  In the process, the saliva is diluted 1:1 in a 
storage liquid, which confers long term stability to the antibodies.

You can, of course, use dentist pads.  Let your patients chew on a pad 
for a while.  Extract the saliva by centrifugation or by pressing inside 
a syringe.  Raw saliva is, however, not stable and full of bugs. 
You will have to stabilize it, if 
you want to keep it for a while.

Falk Fish, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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