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Quality Assessments

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The Genomics Research Center users several assays for the quantification and quality assessment of submitted samples. Below is an outline of typical QC performed based on sample type:

  Concentration Quality Assessment
RNA Nanodrop Bioanalyzer
Fragment Analyzer
DNA and cDNA Qubit Bioanalyzer
Fragment Analyzer
PCR Amplicons
NGS Libraries
Qubit Bioanalyzer
Fragment Analyzer
Tapestation

 

*The GRC will determine the most appropriate assays for your samples based on several factors such as sample number, volume, expected concentration, previous submissions, etc. 
 

Nanodrop ND-1000:

NanodropUsed to measure concentration and purity of nucleic acids. The concentration (ng/uL) is based on the absorbance of nucleic acids at 260 nm. Two ratios are measured to assess purity:
260/280 ratio: "Pure" DNA samples have a ratio of ~1.8. "Pure" RNA samples have a ratio of ~2.0. If this ratio is lower, it could indicate protein contamination, phenol presence, or other contaminants that absorb at 280 nm.
260/230 ratio: This ratio should be between 1.8 and 2.2. If lower, it could indicate the presence of co-purified contaminants. 
RNA Range: 10 - 2,500 ng/uL
*Nanodrop values are sensitive to contaminants and do not indicate quality of RNA samples. Other assays (such as bioanalyzer) should be used to assess the quality of RNA. 
 

Invitrogen Qubit Fluorometer 3.0:

QubitUsed to measure concentration of DNA, RNA, and Protein. The flexibility of the system allows for 1 - 20 uL of sample and the selective dyes specific for dsDNA and RNA minimize the effects of contaminants. 
dsDNA Range: 1 to 500 ng/mL
RNA HS Range: 25 to 500 ng/mL


 

 

Agilent Bioanalyzer:

Bioa_LargeAutomated microfludics system used for quality assessment of RNA and DNA samples. 


BioASmall
HS = High Sensitivity
 

 

For more information about the Bioanalyzer Assay and how to interpret your QC results, download our Interpretation of Bioanalyzer PDF. 

 

Agilent Fragment Analyzer:

FACapillary electrophoresis for quality assessment of RNA and DNA samples. 

Fragment Analyzer 2
HS = High Sensitivity            NGS = Next Generation Sequencing (Libraries)
 

For more information about the Fragment Analyzer assay and how to interpret your QC results, download our Interpretation of Fragment Analyzer PDF. 

 

Agilent Tapestation 2200:

TapestationElectrophoresis separation of RNA and DNA Samples. 

Tapestation
                                     HS = High Sensitivity

For more information about the Tapestation assay and how to interpret your QC results, download our Interpretation of Tapestation PDF. 

 

 

Aggregate Reports from the GRC:

After QC is complete, you will receive an Aggregate Report summarizing the QC assays performed. 


Example RNA Aggregate Report:

GRC Aggregate Report with QC Summary metrics

Sample Name: Sample name indicated on sample submission sheet
Sample ID: a unique identifier assigned to samples upon submisison
Conc. Source (RNA): The assay that was used to generate the Concentration (ng/uL) field
RIN Source: The assay used to generate the trace images and RIN values
Trace Image: To expand the trace image, right-click the image and open in a new tab
 

Example DNA Aggregate Report:

GRC Aggregate Report with QC Summary metrics for cDNA

Sample Name: Sample name indicated on sample submission sheet
Sample ID: a unique identifier assigned to samples upon submisison
Conc. Source (DNA): The assay that was used to generate the Concentration (ng/uL) field
Region Source: The assay used to generate Region Average Size, Region Concentration, Region Molarity, and Trace Images
Trace Image: To expand the trace image, right-click the image and open in a new tab
 

Example Library Aggregate Report:

GRC Aggregate Report with QC Summary metrics for final libraries ready for sequencing

Sample Name: Sample name indicated on sample submission sheet
Sample ID: a unique identifier assigned to samples upon submisison
Trace Image: To expand the trace image, right-click the image and open in a new tab