Technologies

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Illumina Certified Service Provider

Since 2009, Illumina Certified Service Provider. Our quality standards are ensured by a continuous commitment to follow Illumina certifications. Currently updating to Propel certification.

HiSeq 2500

The HiSeq 2500 System is a powerful and efficient ultra-high-throughput sequencing system that supports the broadest range of applications and study sizes. Unrivaled data quality using Illumina's proven SBS chemistry has made the HiSeq 2500 the instrument of choice for all major genome centers and leading institutions throughout the world. New HiSeq v4 reagents allow for more reads and more data in less time.

NextSeq500

A flexible platform with extremely fast turnaround. With a single lane-flowcell it produces up to 120Gb in some 30 hours.  Sequencing setup accommodates 75bp and 150bp long reads, both in single-end and paired-ends mode. Our lab greatly relies on the NextSeq500 to empower workflow flexibility, especially for RNA-Seq applications and some genotyping experiments. 

MiSeq

The MiSeq desktop sequencer allows you to access more focused applications such as targeted gene sequencing, metagenomics, small genome sequencing, targeted gene expression, amplicon sequencing starting at 10 ng DNA, and HLA typing. New MiSeq reagents enable up to 15 Gb of output with 25 M sequencing reads and 2x300 bp read lengths.

Automated liquid handling

Our labs are equipped with a series of automated liquid handling systems to manage large scale projects as well as to ease routine workflows.

Automated nucleic acids extraction

We are equipped with devices for automated isolation of nucleic acids to streamline end-to-end solutions; from raw samples to analyzed data.

Nucleic acids extraction

DNA and RNA extraction is routinely performed at IGATech, providing support to our customers directly from raw material. Relying on automated systems and consolidated protocols we can help you in accelerating the path to analyzed data. We also work with non standard substrates, such as plants and food. Our expertise in the isolation of high molecular weigth DNA for long-molecule sequencing applications will also be a specialized complement for de novo applications. Pleas enquire to obtain further details.

Whole Genome Sequencing

The whole genome sequence as the most comprehensive overview of its composition. Identify most of the variability accounted by SNPs, CNVs, PAVs, insertions, deletions, translocations along with its functional impact on the genetic code an organism. Dedicated technologies are applied for de novo reconstruction of personal genomes to an affordable price, providing an unbiased method to depict each individual human (and non-human) genome. See de novo - whole genome resequencing.

ExomeSequencing

Providing the same type of information that can be yield from a whole genome sequencing, but focusing only on the coding part of a genome. Most of the phenotypically relevant variants reside on the coding regions or their nearby regions. Further enrichment can be carried out on a very limited set of genes: this is useful to reduce costs but also to produce very high coverage on such genes, providing adequate depth to detect somatic variations in tumor samples. See Exome sequencing.

Reduced-Representation libraries

Reducing the complexity of genomes has enabled NGS to pursue massive genotyping experiments with very competitive costs. One system relies on the cleavage of the genomic DNA by means of two restriction enzymes (ddRAD). Another approach, known as RRBS-Seq, utilizes reduced-representation libraries to perform survey of the methylation states of genomes in relevant regions. See ddRADRRBS-Seq.

Hybridization-based enrichment

In order to sequence only an exome, a limited set of genes, or any defined panel of loci, the template DNA must be enriched for fragments derived from them. One way to accomplish such task is to use a set of probes (ssDNA or RNA) to capture by hybridization the regions of interest. Probes, usually attached to biotin moieties, are pulled down with biotin-coated metal beads. See Exome sequencing - target genotyping - clinical genotyping.

Primer-extension enrichment

As an alternative to hybridization-based enrichment, single-primer extension enrichments provides a very convenient system to enrich for target regions. The main advantage of such system is a much quicker workflow coupled with a higher performance in the enrichment efficiency (i.e. reads that belongs to the desired target). See  target genotyping - clinical genotyping.

RNA-Seq

NGS platforms have become the most convenient platforms to perform accurate quantification of transcripts. Moreover, relying on sequencing information, it is possible to obtain non-trivial information such as mutation in coding regions, alternative splicing with isoforms expression levels, allelic-specific expression, intron retention, etc. Also, when performing de novo reconstruction of a genome, RNA-Seq data will be one of the major drivers for gene prediction and modeling. See RNA-Seq - smallRNA-Seq.

Linked reads

Regular short reads generated after library preparation on the Chromium system. Reads carrying the same barcode originate from the few long molecules of DNA, each coming from a single allele. Sequences can be mapped against a reference genome to phase all the SNP and indel variants with long contiguity. On a de novo assembly graph, this method allows to disentangle ambiguous parts along with the ability to generate a reference sequence for each of the two haplotypes. See de novo.

Metagenomics

The area of research which investigates the taxonomical composition and activity of complex biological substrates. While traditional sequencing of cultured microorganisms could not provide a picture of the diversity of natural substrates, shotgun sequencing has opened the possibility of an unbiased fingerprinting and metabolic activity profiling of diverse communities, ranging from soil samples to the human intestinal flora. Several techniques provide scalable solutions. See metagenomics - metabarcoding.

ChIP-Seq

Chromatin immunoprecipitation is a technique that allows to enrich the genomic DNA for those fragments involved in specific interaction with some proteins. By comparing coverage profiles with non-enriched DNA, it is possible to detect peaks of enrichment which characterize where the protein has the most of its affinity. See ChIP-Seq.

Low-pass sequencing

An alternative way to pursue genotyping/classification experiment is carried to a very low coverage per individual. This technique is adopted in several applications such as metagenomics, allele/SNP mining, Pop-Seq, Pool-Seq. Haplotype/organism identification will rely on a ‘horizontal’ coverage rather than a ‘vertical’ coverage. This analysis does not have sufficient information to detect structural variation, but dramatically reduces costs in large genotyping and metagenomics experiments. See metagenomics - bioinformatics.

Bisulfite treatment

Bisulfite treatment allows to explore methylation levels of genomic DNA. Non-methylated cytosine are converted to uracil and then to thymine. Sequencing and mapping to adequate read depth allows to detect the level of 5mC (5-methylcytosine) on DNA molecules either on CpG, CHG or CHH contexts for both strands of the DNA molecules. See BS-Seq - RRBS-Seq.

Amplicon Sequencing

With NGS increasing read length and base quality, amplification of one or many loci can be adopted as sequencing template. Whether interested to analyze the diversity of a single amplification product or to discover variability on limited set of interesting genes, Amplicon-Seq is a system that can provide adequate resolution and flexibility while maintaining a very affordable price to cope with large scale experiments/surveys. See Metabarcoding - Metagenomics - Clinical Genotyping