Our services

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Working in the molecular labs

FAQs

Got a question? Find the most requested answers here. If you still need an answer, send us an email.

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a bespoke service for your research, training and consultation needs.

Our team are available for contract work and a full consultancy service including experimental design and technical capabilities. We offer automated pipeline processes for high-throughput projects, as well as small scale research.

We are available to train, advise, or carry out lab work by prior arrangement.

PCR

We offer services for:

  • optimisation and troubleshooting
  • difficult templates
  • long products
  • DNA/PCR purification and concentration

Quantitative PCR (qPCR):

  • genotyping
  • comparative expression
  • absolute quantification
  • SNP analysis
  • parasite/infection load.

We also offer a PCR set-up service.

Nucleic acid extraction

We offer both DNA and RNA extraction in dedicated labs for the following types of samples:

  • botanical
  • entomological
  • zoological
  • ancient or environmental samples, including:
    -  limited
    -  archival
    -  potentially degraded material.

The procedure can be solvent or column based.

For more informaiton on our extraction methods, please visit the nucleic acid techniques page to download protocols.

In situ hybridisation

  • Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP)
  • Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) analysis
  • Probe construction and analysis
  • In situ hybridisation studies

Other

  • Molecular sample storage

Please contact us to find out if the following are available:

  • Protein analysis
  • Allozymes
  • Cell culture
  • Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded samples (FFPE)

Equipment

  • Incubators
  • Microscopes
  • Sample disruption
  • DNA analysis
  • Miscellaneous
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Lab automation

Please see the equipment section for more details.

Sequencing

We provide Sanger and next-generation sequencing, including sample preparation.

Please see the sequencing section for more details.

eDNA

We can extract DNA from a full range of eDNA sample types. Find out more.

Ancient DNA

Our specialised lab provides a clean working environment and efficient work-stream processes.

Genetic manipulation

  • Cloning and genetic manipulations
  • Library construction

Teaching and training

The lab team has a comprehensive variety of expertise and we are happy to train people in any of our areas of expertise.

We offer assistance and advice to all staff as well as external enquiries.