The TapeStation, similar to the Agilient Bioanalyzer, is used for analysis of RNA and DNA to obtain size distribution and concentration estimates. Analysis of different nucleic acids are performed on different Analysis ScreenTapes. Each ScreenTape has 16 lanes* for samples and ladder and unused lanes can be stored at 4ºC to be used later (within 2 weeks):
* Lanes are ran in pairs so total number of samples and ladder (1 lane, not needed for RNA) has to be an even number per run.
Trained users will have keycard access to the lab and will be able to book and use the analytical instruments. For ease of management, molecular biology instruments located in the BNL are also part of the Analytical core. Researchers can also engage BNL staff to perform basic molecular biological experiments such as recombinant protein expression. Cost will be on a project-by-project basis and will include staff man-hours, materials used and instrument recharges.