Each month, the DNA Services Core Facility analyzes the DNA sequencing metadata (read length, quality scores, etc) and gives $54 worth of sequencing credit to the “winner” of the Template Quality Challenge.
October’s winner is Beck Lazelle of the Thayer Lab (Biochemistry & Molec. Biology) for “best plasmid template” with a contiguous read length of 1189 with 1017 high quality (>Q20) bases. Congratulations Beck!
In October, DNA services sequenced ~2738 templates, including fosmids, BACs or large plasmids, PCR products of various sizes and more than 2394 ‘normal’ plasmids. Of the latter, ~86% produced contiguous read lengths of 800 bases or more.