Select Chip Type

Chip type Sizing Range Quantitative Range Maximum Salt Concentrations Samples
per chip
RNA Nano  
Total RNA: 25–500 ng/μl
mRNA 25–250 ng/μl
100 mM Tris
0.1 mM EDTA
or 125 mM NaCI
15 mM MgCI2
RNA Pico   Total RNA: 50–5000 pg/μl  (in water)*
mRNA 250–5000 pg/μl (in water)*
50 mM Tris
0.1 mM EDTA
or 125 mM NaCI
15 mM MgCI2
HS-DNA  50-7000 bp 5 - 500 pg/µl  10 mM Tris

     *  Qualitative range 

Sample Information for Submission

1µl of RNA or DNA is loaded on the bioanalyzer. Supply a minimum of 2-3 µl. RNA samples are heat denatured before loading.

How well the lower concentrations work depends on several factors including the broadness of the peaks and number of bands and how accurately the concentration was determined. The Pico chip is much more sensitive to contaminants than the Nano chip.

Sample Dropoff

  • Submit samples online.
  • Make sure sample names or numbers on tubes match the order names or sample ID numbers.
  • Supply samples in clearly marked 0.2 or 0.5 ml tubes
  • Bring your samples to ALS 3012. 
  • Put your samples in one of our submission boxes with a slip of paper containing your name, your PI's name, date and Order ID#. 
  • Samples go in our -80°C freezer in the first bay on the second shelf from the top. 
  • For timely processing, let us know your samples have arrived.

Select Service Type

We have two service options for running your samples: Regular and Premium.

Regular – samples run by a lab technician as time permits.  May be a day or two before results are available.

Premium – Samples run within 24 hours by lab technician. If samples can’t be run in timely manner rate will be switched to Regular.

Select Assay

To select the correct assay for your sample type, see chart below. Consult with Anne-Marie Girard if you have questions about selection.

Nucleic Acid Type Organism Type Description/Defining Factor Assay
Total RNA    Eukaryotic  Only 18S, 28S bands, non-plant Eukaryotic Total RNA Assay
Extra Ribosomal Bands, ie Plants Plant RNA Assay
Prokaryotic  Extra Ribosomal Bands Plant RNA Assay
Just 16S, 23S bands Prokaryotic Total RNA Assay
mRNA& Eukaryotic or 
Determine ribosomal contamination mRNA Assay
Visualize only, shorter producst <4000 Eukaryotic/Prokaryotic/Plant RNA assay
 cDNA or aRNA
Eukaryotic or 
Illumina/454Jr Seq library prep High Sensitivity DNA Assay
Longer framents ?6000 for qPCR, microarray, use region feature in software mRNA Assay
Shorter fragments <4000 for qPCR, microarray Eukaryotic Total RNA Assay
Framented RNA
Eukaryotic or 
Just visualize size Eukaryotic Total RNA Assay
Extract information from a region mRNA Assay
DNA seq prep for HiSeq Eukaryotic or 
cDNA, amplicon, shotgun library, double stranded DNA 50-7000bp High Sensitivity DNA Assay

Data is available for downloading online after samples have been run.