Genomics Facility

Campus I Campus II Campus III

Genomics facility of RGCB provides service to meet the demand of scientists in various research fields. This facility is greatly helping their research work, catering to the needs of the Institute. Services include DNA sequencing, Genotyping using DNA analyzers, Real time PCR, Droplet digital PCR and Microarray analysis.

Genomic services

DNA sequencing by Sanger method

Automated DNA Sequencing Facility is equipped with 3730 DNA Analyzer (48 capillary high throughput DNA Sequencer) and 3730xL DNA Analyzer (96 capillary high throughput DNA Sequencer). The fluorescence-based DNA sequencing systems, with capillary electrophoresis is operating in parallel for Sanger sequencing. The system automatically performs sample injection, gel matrix replacement, DNA separation, detection, and data analysis. This system sequence 48-96 samples in 2 hours' time and perform up to 12 runs per day. Average read length with big dye terminator (BDT) chemistry is 800bp. This system can also be used for fragment analysis, AFLP, genotyping and SNP analysis.

The Core accepts DNA samples (pure plasmids, mini-prep plasmids, M13 clones, cosmids, lambda clones, PCR products, gel isolated fragments, bacterial genomic), sequenced PCR products, and processes them according to protocols for Applied Biosystems DNA Sequencers (BDT Chemistry). One sequencing run (one template, one primer) typically produces 700-800 nucleotides of high-quality sequence data or more for good quality template and a well-designed primer. The results are returned in three forms: a raw sequence file, sequence with blue score and a chromatogram file. The sequence file (a flat ASCII text file) is returned to the researcher by electronic mail. Each sequencing plate includes at least one lane of standard DNA known to generate good sequence. The sample handling and data analysis are extremely reliable and have a very low rate of error. If any problems are indicated in our sample processing, we repeat the affected samples on request. We typically process samples within two days after receipt. Samples are processed Monday through Friday for overnight instrument runs. The data are processed and returned by email to the users.

3730 & 3730xL Genetic Analyzers- Electrophoresis only

Users can opt for sequencing PCR, electrophoresis and analysis or only electrophoresis and sequence analysis of DNA products after clean up procedure. Samples can be provided in tubes or plates in dried form after sequencing PCR and subsequent cleanup.

Genotyping (Gene scan) using 3730 & 3730xL Genetic Analyzers

In polymorphism screening, microsatellite analysis and phylogenetic studies, genomic DNA can be amplified by using fluorescent labeled primers (eg., FAM, ROX etc) which can be given to the facility for electrophoresis along with size standard and subsequent analysis.

Real Time PCR (7500, 7500 HT, Quant Studio5 & Droplet Digital PCR (Qx100)

The facility equipped with RealTime PCRs (7900HT Real-Time, 96-384 well format and 7500 Real time PCR-96 well and Quantstudio 5, 94 well-0.2ml) and droplet digital PCR (QX 100-Biorad). The systems can be used for methods such as

  1. Absolute quantitation
  2. Relative quantitation
  3. Plus/minus assay
  4. Taqman Low density (TLDA) array
  5. digital PCR applications

Microarray (Genechip scanner 30007G system - Affymetrix )

The microarray facility comprises Genechip 3000 7G, with Genechip Scanner, Genechip Fluidics station and Genechip Hybridization oven. The microarray can measure changes in gene expression levels, copy number analysis, drug metabolism analysis, genome wide genotyping, molecular cytogenetics, gene regulation analysis, miRNA analysis, whole transcript analysis, SNP detection, genotyping and resequencing of mutant genomes. System can be used with HD arrays, 750k arrays, human gene expression arrays, mouse arrays and custom arrays.


Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB),
Thycaud Post, Poojappura,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014, Kerala, India
+91-471-2529400 | 2347975 | 2348753

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Last Updated on: January 27, 2022
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