Free and/or OpenSource Tools
Trouble-shooting automated, fluorescent DNA sequencing dataA handy trouble-shooting guide can be downloaded here. An on-line calculator for DNA unit conversions is available at BioMath. Please contact theCorelab director for additional help. We have many years of experience and can help with additional data analysis and automation needs as well.
DNA Sequence Data: Viewing & Editing
|Apple OS X
|Windows XP or 2000
||Sequence Scanner , Chromas|
|Free DNA sequencing basecalling service
Fluorescent Sanger sequencing with four dye-labeled terminators produces raw data with fluorescence from the correct, incorporated dideoxy-base but some bleed through from the other three dyes as well. The relative amounts can be quit variable depending on the surrounding sequence. So the raw data is "massaged" (peak shape and spacing) and normalized. The amount of normalization depends on the overall sequence quality. So peak heights are not expected to have a uniform height. This precludes using analyzed sequence data for simple quantification. SNPs from PCR products of heterozygous DNA can be detected, but only their approximate relative peak heights are accessible. You can only say that both peaks are above the normalized noise. If you need to quantitate the contribution of more than a single base at a position you probably want to perform fragment analysis with single base extension or plus/minus ligation.
We offer free sequence comparison using the University of Washington suite of sequence analysis tools, including PolyPhred for SNP analysis.
DNA Fragment Analysis Data: Viewing & Editing
|Windows XP or 2000
Multiple Sequence Alignment
|"||T-Coffee (some sys-admin skills required)
|"||Phred/phrap/consed (industry standard, sys-admin expertise required)
Tools for alignment note: you must edit your data prior to alignment. This process can be automated, but must be done to avoid spurious alignments. Contact the lab for help.
Primer Design using MIT's Primer3