Sample Prep Instruments

The GC3F houses a variety of instruments to assist you during the sample prep process -- or any other lab work you may have in mind! The applications we can support with these instruments include:

  • Sample partitioning into emulsion droplets for 10X Genomics single cell mRNA and whole genome sequencing
  • Tissue homogenization for nucleic acid extraction 
  • DNA shearing to short lengths for Illumina sequencing
  • DNA size selection of long fragments for 10X whole genome or PacBio long-read sequencing
  • Centrifigution of 96-well plates and refrigerated microtubes
  • Controlled thermomixing of enzymatic reactions
  • Heat sealing of PCR plates
  • Concentration & drying of samples 

Some of these instruments are user-operated, whereas others are operated only by GC3F staff. Please contact us with any inquiries!

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10X Chromium: Microfluidics controller

The 10X Chromium is a compact (toaster-sized!) microfluidics platform used to partition suspensions of single cells or high molecular weight DNA into emulson droplets containing gel beads (GEMs) with molecular barcoding oligos. The Chromium can be loaded with up to 8 samples that are processed simultaneously in parallel channels on a microfluidics chip. 

This instrument allows us to generate two types of libraries, both of which can be run on Illumina sequencers:

  • mRNA-seq libraries with a single-cell (and single-molecule!) resolution, with up to 10,000 cells processed per sample
  • Whole genome linked-read libraries for assembling superior quality de novo genomes, analyzing long range structural variants, and determining haplotype phasing

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Sage Science BluePippin:
Pulsed field electrophoresis size selection

The Sage Science BluePippin enables automated size selection of nucleic acid fragments anywhere between 50 and 50,000 bp in size. It can also be run under "high pass" selection to retain fragments only above a given threshold which can be set anywhere between 4,000 bp and 40,000 bp.  This is made possible by pulsed-field electrophoresis using gel casettes that are specific for the desired purified fragment size (0.75% through 3% agarose).

Size selection on the Pippin is easier, safer, and more reproducible than traditional agarose gel extraction protocols involving a UV illuminator and a razor blade.  Accurate knowledge of NGS library insert size is essential for many bioinformatic analysis pipelines.  For this reason, careful fragment size selection on the Blue Pippin during sample preparation can pay huge dividends during downstream data analysis.

This instrument is also critical for the selection of high molecular weight DNA for 10X Whole Genome and PacBio long-read sequencing applications.

If you'd like to run your own cassettes (which can select up to 5 samples in parallel, or 4 samples for high pass runs), you can purchase a cassette from us at a cost of $45 each

If you'd like us to Pippin your samples for you (plus perform quantification and fragment analysis), the cost is $75 per sample.

Fragment Analyzer traces of 5 different Blue Pippin size selected Illumina libraries. Fragments between 275 and 525 bp were targeted in each library.   >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Covaris M220: DNA Sonicator

The Covaris M220 Focused-Ultrasonicator is designed for Next-Gen Sequencing applications requiring fragment sizes between 150bp and 5kb. Covaris AFA (Adaptive Focused Acoustics) transmits acoustic energy at ultrasonic frequencies (>400KHz) and very short wavelengths (~3mm) and is uniquely able to focus the energy into your sample. The process is isothermal, non contact, and quiet, and the instrument is very easy to operate.

The M220 can accomodate sample volumes of 15 µL, 50 µL, or 130 µL in specialized tubes that we stock in house, and can process up to 5 µg of DNA per tube.

 

 

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Spex Geno/Grinder 2010: 
Tissue homogenizer

The Geno/Grinder is an automated high-throughput plant & animal tissue homogenizer and cell lyser.  It is specifically designed for rapid cell disruption, cell lysis, and tissue homogenization through bead beating, enabling fast and efficient extraction of nucleic acids, proteins and other molecules of interest.

The Geno/Grinder operates at speeds of up to 1750 strokes/minute and up to 20 minutes in duration. It is equipped with an adjustable clamp that accommodates a full range of sample vials:

  • Up to 48 x 1.5 mL microtubes
  • Up to 16 x 50 mL conical tubes
  • Up to 6 x deep-well titer plates

 

 

 

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Eppendorf Thermomixer R

The Thermomixer R can heat, shake, and cool up to 24 samples in 1.5 mL tubes - all in one unit! 

  • Adjustable temperature from 13°C below ambient to 99°C
  • Variable mixing speed from 300 to 1400rpm
  • Programmable for intermittent mixing with timed rest phases -- ideal for enzyme reactions and DNA hybridizations
  • Short-mix function supports quick vortex applications

 

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Eppendorf 5430: 96-well plate centrifuge

This plate spinner has a small footprint and is fitted with a rotor that allows you to quickly spin down your 96-well plates (with up to 1 mL capacity).

It has a max speed of 17,500 rpm / 30,000 rcf, and only takes 14 seconds to fully accelerate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eppendorf 5417R: Refrigerated microcentrifuge

This high-performance microcentrifuge provides temperature control from –9 to 40°C (15.8 to 104°F). “Fast Cool” function lowers rotor bowl temperature from ambient to 4°C (39.2°F) in less than 20 minutes. Refrigerated units use CFC-free refrigerant.

This centrifuge spins up to 25,000 rcf and offers up to 30-place capacity for high throughput processing of 0.5 mL or 1.5 mL microtubes.

 

 

 

 

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BioRad PX1: Heated PCR Plate Sealer

For those times when your thumb joint gets sore from roll-sealing all those adhesive films on PCR plates (or when you simply want to avoid adhesive contamination in your samples) .... Try the PX1 Plate Sealer! It heats up and is ready to seal in less than 3 minutes, provides consistent and uniform sealing across an entire microplate, and minimizes sample evaporation. We stock both peelable and pierceable adhesive-free foils in the lab, but do ask that you bring your own foils if you're going to be sealing a large quantity of plates. 

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ThermoSavant SpeedVac Plus SC210A: Centrifugal Evaporator

This SpeedVac Concentrator is used for sample concentration and drying using a combination of centrifugal force, heat and vacuum by connecting to a cold trap and vacuum source. By simply switching out the rotor, it can be used to spin either 1.5 mL microtubes or 96-well plates.