The DNA sequencing facility uses an Applied Biosystems 3730 DNA analyzer to provide researchers with the molecular blueprints of genes and other DNA elements. This instrument is one of the world's best for long-read, high-accuracy DNA sequencing and is used to analyze more than 20,000 DNA templates annually. Since it is nearly impossible to conduct molecular life science research without sequencing DNA molecules, the instrument is an essential research technology.
The DNA sequencing facility also contains a Biomek2000, an automated solution handler that brings robotic efficiency to the research bench. It is used to isolate and handle large libraries of molecules, eliminating human error and fatigue. It is one example of the ongoing industrial revolution in the molecular life sciences, a revolution that has made it possible to pursue endeavors like high-throughput screening of drug candidates and genome sequencing.