Genomics Services

The RTSF Genomics Core at Michigan State University offers a host of accessory services to support researchers including cell ID/fragment analysis, sample QC and shearing. Check them out below!

NGS Library Size Selection

Isolating DNA fragments of a defined size range is important for many applications, NGS library construction inparticular.  The RTSF Genomics Core can now perform automated size selection accurately using the Sage Science Blue Pippin. This platform uses gel cassettes to provide a full range of size selection options between 90bp up to 50kb. For additional information visit


Sample Shearing


Preparing high quality libraries for sequencing is paramount for obtaining good data and the majority of protocols require fragmentation of the nucleic acid material to a specific size range. Mis-sizing of the libraries can result in inaccurate quantification, poor cluster density and subsequently low quality data.

The RTSF Genomics Core provides shearing services for all NGS library types using the Covaris S2 Adaptive Focused Acoustic Disruptor. This platform enables improved preparation of small biological samples up to 100ul in volume. Applications include DNA and chromatin shearing, tissue disruption and homogenization, and cell lysis among others.


Sample QC


Library construction is the process of taking nucleic acid from its original state to a "library" that can be run on a sequencing platform. Preparing high quality libraries is important for obtaining good data and the RTSF Genomics Core checks each sample before and after the library construction process to ensure it is of high quality. Concentration, size and quality can be assessed using one of our microfluidics based platforms.

Agilent Bioanalyzer

Agilent Bioanalyzer

The Agilent Bioanalyzer system provides sizing, quantitation and quality control of DNA, RNA, proteins and cells on a single platform, providing high quality digital data. It is the ideal choice for 11 samples or less.

The Caliper Labchip GX

Caliper Labchip

The LabChip GX utilizes PerkinElmer's innovative microfluidics technology to perform reproducible, high-resolution, eletrophoretic separations. Whether analyzing RNA integrity for better gene expression data or assessing PCR fragments for resequencing applications, the GX provides automated walkaway sample QC and is ideally suited for batches of 12+ samples.

Please contact the RTSF Genomics Core for more information on Services.