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For a nominal fee, the PMGC provides scanning services for researchers using Affymetrix and Agilent arrays.

The Genomics Centre provides several services for a nominal fee or no additional cost to help researchers using our microarrays. Certain resources are shared between a large number of laboratories, so we ask you to adhere to our guidelines and policies.

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Agilent high-resolution array scanner

The Agilent Scanner (Agilent Technologies) is available for the array scanning service on our TMDT site.

The Agilent DNA scanner features SureScan High-Resolution Technology, equipped with a 48-slide autoloader. This scanner is capable of scanning 1" x 3” glass slides with 2, 3, 5, or 10 micron resolution. This instrument can scan ultra high density commercial microarrays as well as arrays printed at low density.

With the introduction of this scanner, Agilent improved upon its Extended Dynamic Range (XDR) technology by increasing the dynamic range of a single scan from 16-bit (saturation at 65,535 counts) to 20-bit (saturation value is over 780,000 counts).

Users can drop off their slides in the afternoon and have the slides scanned overnight, space permitting. The images (and quantification data files for Agilent arrays, if requested) are available the following day through the secure PMGC Client Portal.

Please read and complete the scanning service submission form for instructions and pricing.

Affymetrix array scanner

The Affymetrix GeneChip® Scanner 3000 7G allows for the scanning of high-density arrays, including SNP arrays with up to 900,000 SNPs, tiling arrays for transcription and all-exon arrays for whole-genome analysis. We can scan any Affymetrix GeneChip and provide raw data and QC report files. We can also process your samples (researcher-supplied reaction cocktail and Affymetrix GeneChip), including hybridization, washing, staining, and scanning, with raw data and QC report files provided back to you.

GeneChips submitted for scanning are usually processed by the next business day. Please contact us prior to sending reaction cocktails for processing. If you are sending reaction cocktails for processing, please note that we require an additional 1.5 µl of the fragmented material for QC prior to hybridization.

Please read and complete the Affymetrix scanning service submission form for instructions and pricing.

Tecan LS Reloaded

The Tecan LS Reloaded is a uniquely versatile microarray scanner, capable of scanning microarrays printed on microplates as well as slides. The many useful features of this microarray scanner allow it to work with multiple microarray substrates and formats, and enables researchers to implement a wide range of applications.

The LS scanner has 4 lasers and 20 emission filters to enable scanning of many different fluorescent molecules. Our Tecan scanner can excite at 488, 532, 594 and 633 nm and detect emission at 692/40, 575/50, 635/35 and 535/25 nm. It also has two channels to enable simultaneous scanning with two lasers. This scanner also allows for three grades of confocal measurements with autofocus capabilities. The scanning resolution in from 6-40 µm.

Please read and complete the scanning service submission form for instructions and pricing.