We prefer 8-strip or single 0.2 ml PCR tubes. We accept 1.5 ml tubes but they slow us down.
1. Number the caps to correspond to the GeneSifter Order form, A01, B01, C01, etc. DO NOT put complicated, messy or discontinuous names on caps.
2. Initial and Label side of tubes. We handle hundreds of samples every day. Initials on the sides are very important! Imagine us walking from the refrigerator to our lab bench and dropping a plate (that has NEVER happened) and we have to reassemble the plate, we’d be in big trouble if there were 4 orders of 8-strip tubes and no initials. Also, after caps are removed we may need to cross reference the physical plate with our computer records. In the rare event that data is returned that is not yours, we can reference the physical tubes which are saved as assembled for 2 weeks.
We accept all types of 96-well plates. We prefer semi-skirted, without a raised rim.
1. Label side of plate with the GeneSifter Tracking ID.
2. Load samples in columns, where A01 is sample 1, B01 is sample 2, C01 is sample 3, etc. Do not put water in the empty wells of the plate. If there are blank wells also leave the Template name field empty on GeneSifter.
3. If suspending samples in Hi-Di make sure to choose caps that are VERY secure. Hi-Di migrates out of the wells very easily during transit.