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1.  Evaluation of Methods for Sequence Analysis of Highly Repetitive DNA Templates 
The DNA Sequencing Research Group (DSRG) of the ABRF conducted a study to assess the ability of DNA sequencing core facilities to successfully sequence a set of well-defined templates containing difficult repeats. The aim of this study was to determine whether repetitive templates could be sequenced accurately by using equipment and chemistries currently utilized in participating sequencing laboratories. The effects of primer and template concentrations, sequencing chemistries, additives, and instrument formats on the ability to successfully sequence repeat elements were examined. The first part of this study was an analysis of the results of 361 chromatograms from participants representing 40 different laboratories who attempted to sequence a panel of difficult-to-sequence templates using their best in-house protocols. The second part of this study was a smaller multi-laboratory evaluation of a single robust protocol with the same panel of templates. This study provides a measure of the potential success of different approaches to sequencing across homopolymer tracts and repetitive elements.
PMCID: PMC2291771  PMID: 16741241
DNA sequencing; repetitive elements; difficult templates; protocols
DNA sequencing core facilities serve as centralized resources within both academic and commercial institutions, providing expertise in the area of DNA analysis. The composition and configuration of these facilities continue to evolve in response to new developments in instrumentation and methodology. The goal of the 2003 DNA Sequencing Research Group (DSRG) survey was to identify recent changes in staffing, funding, instrumentation, services, and customer relations. Responses to 58 survey questions from 30 participants are presented to offer a look at the current typical DNA core sequencing facility. The results from this study will serve as a resource for institutions to benchmark their shared core laboratories, and to give facility directors an opportunity to compare and contrast their respective services and experiences.
PMCID: PMC2279958
DNA sequencing; instrumentation; services; staffing; funding
3.  Gene expression in the developing mouse retina by EST sequencing and microarray analysis 
Nucleic Acids Research  2001;29(24):4983-4993.
Retinal development occurs in mice between embryonic day E11.5 and post-natal day P8 as uncommitted neuroblasts assume retinal cell fates. The genetic pathways regulating retinal development are being identified but little is understood about the global networks that link these pathways together or the complexity of the expressed gene set required to form the retina. At E14.5, the retina contains mostly uncommitted neuroblasts and newly differentiated neurons. Here we report a sequence analysis of an E14.5 retinal cDNA library. To date, we have archived 15 268 ESTs and have annotated 9035, which represent 5288 genes. The fraction of singly occurring ESTs as a function of total EST accrual suggests that the total number of expressed genes in the library could approach 27 000. The 9035 ESTs were categorized by their known or putative functions. Representation of the genes involved in eye development was significantly higher in the retinal clone set compared with the NIA mouse 15K cDNA clone set. Screening with a microarray containing 864 cDNA clones using wild-type and brn-3b (–/–) retinal cDNA probes revealed a potential regulatory linkage between the transcription factor Brn-3b and expression of GAP-43, a protein associated with axon growth. The retinal EST database will be a valuable platform for gene expression profiling and a new source for gene discovery.
PMCID: PMC97568  PMID: 11812828

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