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(Phone) 617.636.3992
(Fax) 617.636.6737

Library Preparation Services



Libraries must be prepared before they can be run on the Illumina systems. We accept both prepared and unprepared samples for sequencing.

Prepared Libraries

If your libraries are already prepared, we expect them to run on the MiSeq or HiSeq2500. DNA Libraries should be gel purified and OD'd by spec after purification. We also request a picture of an aliquot run on a 2% TAE agarose gel with 100bp ladder markers. Alternately, you may provide the results file from an Agilent Bioanalyzer, with your peaks and concentrations clearly marked. Please dilute samples to 20nM prior to shipping.

Library Preparation Services

Please contact us for more information and for a quote.

Genomic DNA

We currently offer Genomic DNA Sample preparation using the TUCF protocol below. Please provide at least 5ug (10ug preferable) of high quality genomic DNA (260/280 ratio of 1.8). We will accept a smaller quantity of DNA if a fluorescence-based assay or Bioanalyzer is used to estimate concentration. Please submit an image of your DNA run out on a gel with 1kb markers; there should be no material below 10kb.


We offer an RNA-Seq sample preparation service using the NuGEN Ovation RNA-Seq System for low input (10-100ng) quantities of RNA, and Illumina TruSeq RNA library preparation for >1ug of RNA. If possible, please validate your libraries with a Nano or Pico RNA chip on an Agilent Bioanalyzer.

Targeted Sequence Capture and Exome Capture

We offer Human Exon capture using either the NimbleGen SeqCap EZ platform or Agilent SureSelect XT platform. In addition, we can help design targeted sequence capture experiments using either of these platforms.


Sample Preparation Protocols

For do-it-yourselfers

Do you have a protocol that you would like to contribute? Is there a protocol that you would like added? Please email us at tucf-genomics@tufts.edu.

Illumina Protocols and Tips

These are the protocols included with Illumina's standard kits. Please contact Illumina for pricing.

Service Charge (New pricing effective December 1, 2015)

Sample Preparation Kit Tufts TMC & External Institutions
TruSeq DNA** (discontinued) $300.00 $375.00
TruSeq Nano DNA $275.00 $330.00
TruSeq PCR-free DNA $250.00 $300.00
Nextera DNA $275.00 $330.00
Nextera DNA XT $150.00 $180.00
TruSeq ChIP $300.00 $360.00
TruSeq Small RNA $425.00 $500.00
TruSeq RNA $325.00 $390.00
TruSeq Stranded mRNA $310.00 $370.00
TruSeq Stranded Total RNA
(with Ribo-Zero TM Human/Mouse/Rat)
$425.00 $500.00
TruSeq Stranded Total RNA Gold
(with Ribo-Zero TM Gold)
$375.00 $450.00

TruSeq DNA** Discontined by Dec 2013, replaced by TruSeq Nano DNA

Other Services Tufts TMC & External Institutions
Sample QC, Fragment Analyzer $12.50 $15.00
Sample Sonication Only $10.00 $12.00
Sample Sonication and purification $25.00 $30.00