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Sanger Sequencing Sample Requirements

DNA submitted to the facility needs to be very pure, much purer for instance than for manual sequencing. It is for this reason that we recommend that DNA should be prepared using a commercial kit such as Qiagen. Traditional methods, ie. alkaline lysis, can work if care is taken.

  • Reda_smallPlasmid DNA should be supplied in 10µl water at a concentration of 100ng/µl per sequencing reaction
  • Cosmid DNA should be supplied in 10µl water at a concentration of 150ng/µl per sequencing reaction
  • PCR fragments should be supplied in 10µl water at a concentration of 20ng per 100 base pairs


Any non-standard primers submitted should be at a concentration of 10pm/µl (10µM) in water. We use 2µl of primer solution per reaction, but please give us an excess to allow for evaporation or any other potential loss.

We need the correct amount of DNA and most experienced sequencers will be able to make an accurate assessment of DNA quantity but some may have difficulty. One method is to use a Nanodrop. This can give consistent accurate results and automatically provides abs. 260/280 ratio (which for best results should be around 1.8).

N.B. DNA for sequencing should always be supplied in water only and not TE or Tris buffer. Also please submit samples in tubes no smaller than 0.5ml to avoid handling problems.

Samples and completed DNA sequencing request forms can be dropped off in the basket provided in the Biochemistry reception (Sanger Building) or posted to the facility at the following address:

DNA Sequencing Facility
Department of Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
80 Tennis Court Road
Old Addenbrookes Site
Cambridge
CB2 1GA

Sequencing requests from anywhere other than Biochemistry must be accompanied by a printed purchase order.

Results are sent via email so please ensure that the mailbox size is sufficient.