Molecular Biology Core Facility
The Molecular Biology Core Facility provides a wide range of services for precision analysis of DNA and RNA to assist in molecular biology projects within the CRUK Manchester Institute. We have developed a multitude of work flows for automated assay running and support scientists with high throughput instrumentation.
Clonal Sequencing Service
This comprehensive service aims to cover all aspects of clonal sequencing. An extensive portfolio of library prep methods for RNA and DNA sequencing is set up to cope with a wide range of input quantity and quality. The bulk of sample input is processed by automated work flows and most of the sequencing is performed on Illumina NGS instruments. In addition, we have also validated a number of applications on Oxford Nanopore platforms.
A 16 capillary system (ABI) has a throughput of up to 192 samples per day with turnaround times for processing usually in less than 24 hours.
Cell Line Authentication and Microbe Screening
To maintain the highest standards of experimental work the CRUK Manchester Institute encourages regular testing of cell lines for their authenticity and has a strict policy on Mycoplasma control. For correctly identifying cell lines MBCF provides a multiplex PCR assay which detects highly variable short tandem repeat regions in the genome. Prior to injection into mice all cell line samples must be screened for mycoplasma and Murine Hepatitis Virus (MHV). We therefore offer a regular screening service to facilitate compliance.
qPCR and digital PCR
MBCF provides 96-well and 384-well instruments (Thermofisher) for quantitative real-time PCR and houses a high precision robot (Eppendorf) for fast reagent dispensing. We also support an integrated fluid circuit (IFC) real-time PCR platform (Fluidigm) for high-throughput qPCR. In addition, a droplet digital PCR system (Bio-Rad) is installed for absolute quantitation of DNA or RNA.
Single Cell Genomics and Transcriptomics
A number of single cell transcriptomics protocols have been validated and adapted for miniaturised, high-throughput processing using FACS and automated plate handling. In addition, we support a range of technology platforms for integrated processing of hundreds to tens of thousands of single cells (Fluidigm C1, 10x Genomics).
Compound Library Service
The MBCF Compound Library Service supports scientists with bespoke sets of drug compounds for screening purposes. The liquid handling is performed by a Labcyte Echo550 acoustic dispenser. This is incorporated into the Access robotic platform that further integrates a plate centrifuge, a thermocycler (Inheco) as well as a microplate reader (BMG) for high throughput plate assaying.
Single Cell Prep Systems
High Throughput Compound Handling