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 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.