It is a sterile wet-vacuum. Collection solution is sprayed onto the surface while simultaneously being vacuum off of the surface. It creates a "mini-hurricane" that loosens the DNA material which is transferred to the collection bottle and later concentrated onto a filter. Here is a short video describing the M-Vac.
Collection. The M-Vac uses wet-vacuum principles to cause the DNA material to release from the substrates and then captures the cells. DNA free buffer is sprayed directly onto the surface while simultaneously vacuum is applied around the spray pattern to collect the buffer and suspended particles into the collection bottle. The impact of the solution and the force of the vacuum develop a turbulent environment that helps break free DNA containing cells to be suspended in the solution and collected with the vacuum.
Discovery. M-Vac collection is scalable to large surfaces, increasing the probability of discovering DNA material randomly located on the surface.
Concentration. The sample collected by the M-Vac is concentrated using the M-Vac support equipment and a sterile filter. The solution including the DNA material that has been captured are poured through a concentration filter and sent to the lab for further processing.
This unique collection method is both more sensitive and scalable so collecting minute amounts of DNA is very feasible and even when it is spread over a large surface area.
Here is a short video describing the system and a case it helped move forward. It is from the perspective of one of the inventors.
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