Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from clients. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us for more information.

What type of genome sequencing can you perform?

Our facility is equipped to do the following types of sequencing:

  • DNA & RNA Sequencing
  • Bacterial, Viral, and Targeted Human Sequencing
  • Exome Sequencing
  • Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Targeted Sequencing

What organisms can you do sequencing on?

We can do whole genome sequencing on:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Fungus
  • Parasites
  • Yeast

We can perform targeted sequencing on:

  • Humans
  • Animals
  • Plants

Can you create custom gene panels?

Yes! We have the capability to target any gene within the human genome. We often work with researchers who are doing specific research and need to target certain genes. Our custom gene panel service is provided at no additional cost. Each targeted gene costs between $19-$25/gene.

Do you have guidance on how to submit samples?

Yes! We have a comprehensive sample submission guideline available. Still need help? Feel free to shoot us an email to ask your question or head over to our Contact Us page.

What does your pricing include?

We’re unique in the industry in that we provide all-inclusive pricing. This pricing includes:

  • DNA Extraction
  • Sample Quality Control
  • Library Preparation
  • Genome Sequencing
  • Basic Bioinformatics (Sequencing Alignment & Variant Analysis)
  • Short term data management (secure file hosting for transferring outcome data to you)

For sample extraction, if you want to perform that yourself then we will remove that cost from the all-inclusive pricing. Our goal is to provide sequencing to our client at the lowest possible rate.

Do you collaborate with researchers on projects?

Absolutely. Our staff is invested into progressing research and have collaborated on many research projects. We often provide collaboration in the form of research, protocols, and data analysis from the genome sequencing we perform. For novel research fields, we can contribute to research papers via custom protocol creation, gene panel creation, gene targets, and bioinformatics analysis.

How long does it take to get genome sequencing performed?

End-to-end genome sequencing varies greatly based on the type of sample as well as the sequencing method. For example, bacterial whole genome sequencing typically takes 24 hours to run on the sequencer alone. However, there is pre and post sequencing time that is required so it can take anywhere from 3-7 days.

If you need a concrete estimate, get in touch with us and we can provide a turnaround time estimate.

What Biosafety rating does your lab have?

Our facility has been certified as a BSL2 facility. Certain organisms that are typically handled in BSL3 labs can be accepted by our facility in specific scenarios. To see if we can handle your organism or contribute to your research, get in touch with us.

What is "Crowd Sequencing" and how does work?

Many researchers have a small amount of samples that they want to analyze. However, with the price of consumables and facility overhead, sequencing a single sample is often cost prohibitive.

“Crowd Sequencing” is the idea that we group multiple similar sequencing projects into a single run for various researchers in order to provide them the benefit of cheaper per sample pricing.

The way it works is that we provide an estimated price range that each researcher agrees to. The researcher send their samples in and we house them in our freezers at no cost. From there, we work to identify candidate sequencing runs that have extra capacity or we source enough researchers to create a new run within the estimated price range.

Since most facilities require a minimum amount of samples or are too expensive to do small sample runs, Crowd Sequencing is a great option for researchers who aren’t under a time crunch but are price sensitive. To learn more, get in touch with us.