University of Washington PacBio Sequencing Services

For a consultation and quote, email or call +1-206-616-5117.

Single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing is a third generation sequencing that allows for long-read sequencing. With the RSII technology, we are able to get full-length large amplicons (>1 kb) and, for 10-20 kb library preparations, average read lengths of 8-12 kb, generating about 1200 Mb per SMRT cell. With the Sequel technology we are able to get full-length large amplicons and transcripts (>1 kb), generating about 6-7 Gb per SMRT cell and, for 12-25 kb library preparations, average read lengths of 10-12 kb, generating 5-6 Gb. We are an HHMI-designated Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) sequencing site offering services for library preparation as well as sample sequencing.

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We now offer Sequel sequencing in addition to the PacBio RSII platform. We also now offer special services, which include Isoform sequencing (PacBio Iso-Seq) and multiplexing for amplicons and microbial genomes. Please contact us to check which platform and services best suit your project.

We provide library preparations and sequencing for:

  • Large-insert gDNA (8-20 Kb)
  • BAC-based DNA
  • Purified PCR products
  • Multiplex amplicons: Multiplex up to 16 amplicons
  • Multiplex small genomes (microbes): Multiplex up to 8 small genomes.*
  • Transcriptome and isoform sequencing with PacBio’s Iso-Seq protocol. This service includes cDNA generation from PolyA+ or total RNA and SMRTbell addition.
*Maximum number of genomes per pool is dependant on expected genome size.

We currently do not offer services for modified base analysis. Certain types of microbial modified bases can be determined from raw data, please contact us for more information.

Service HHMI and UW-affiliated External
Industrial/For Profit
Sequencing cost per RSII SMRT cell
(P6/C4 chemistry)
$428.36 $495.18 $643.73
Sequencing cost per Sequel SMRT cell 1M Run
(V2.1 chemistry)
$1,328.59 $1,535.85 $1,996.61
Quality control $74.81 $86.49 $112.43
Library preparation
(including multiplex genomes)
$347.72 $401.97 $522.56
BluePippin size selection
with additional DNA Damage Repair
$277.55 $320.85 $417.10
Multiplex amplicon sample preparation base cost $283.05 $327.21 $425.37
Iso-Seq library preparation from total or PolyA+ RNA $621.26 $718.18 $933.63
Note: Prices effective 5/1/2018 and subject to change without notice.

Host institution and HHMI investigators have priority for the sequencing queue.

We provide raw HDF5 base calls and FASTQs of filtered subreads (≥50 bp, ≥75 read quality) for all SMRT cells. For Sequel SMRT cells, we provide raw data in the subreads.BAM format, which can also be requested in FASTA or FASTQ format.

We also provide the following additional services for specific sequencing projects.

Sequencing project Bioinformatics services
Bacterial genomic DNA HGAP 2 assembly
PCR products Reads of insert protocol
  1. If you are unsure which services you require, contact us for a consultation and a quote.
  2. Fill out the sequencing request form and include a purchasing order (PO) number, fund code, or budget number. For external requests, we accept VISA and MasterCard payments.
  3. Email the completed form to us.
  4. Prepare your samples and optionally prepare SMRTbell libraries for sequencing.
  5. Ship your samples as directed below.
  6. Await email confirmation from us that your samples have arrived.
  7. Await a sequencing report that will include details regarding how to download your sequence data.

Sequence data for your samples will be stored in PacBio's HDF5 base calls format (.bas.h5 files). You will be able to download these files from our Aspera server with a temporary account. Account details will be emailed to you along with the confirmation that your sequencing completed. Data from sequencing runs will be available through Aspera for 30 days and backed up on our local storage for six months.

Designing Sequencing Experiments By Application

The following are recommendations from Pacific Biosciences for experimental design based on common applications of long-read technology.

Sample Guidelines

SMRT sequencing does not require template amplification. DNA quality will affect the resulting library and sequencing results. It is imperative that the DNA used is at high quality and sufficient quantity since there is no amplification step.

Follow these guidelines for sample preparation:

  • The sample should be double stranded. Double-stranded DNA is required to make a SMRTbell template and single-stranded templates will interfere with quantitation and polymerase binding.
  • Eluted in Qiagen Elution buffer.
  • Avoid freeze-thaw cycles.
  • Do not expose to high temperatures (>65°C) for 1 hour. This may degrade the overall DNA quality and subsequent library prep quality.
  • Has not been exposed to pH extremes (<6 or >9).
  • Make sure it does not contain insoluble material and is not colored or cloudy.
  • It does not contain RNA.
  • It has not been exposed to intercalating fluorescent dyes or UV radiation.
  • It does not contain chelating agents (e.g., EDTA), divalent metal cations (like Mg 2+), denaturants (like guanidinium salts, phenol), or detergents (like SDS, Triton-X100).
  • It should not contain carryover contamination from the starting organism/tissue (e.g., heme, humic acid, polyphenols, etc.).
  • If submitting PCR products, use Qiagen kits for clean-up.

Other recommendations include:

  • Use Qiagen extraction kits and elute in EB instead of water.
  • Avoid vortexing where possible, if performing AMPure bead washes use very gentle (end-over-end) mixing and allow extra time for binding and elution.
  • Tips for microbial DNA extraction:
    • Avoid incubation in complex or rich media.
    • Harvesting from several cultures rather than a single, high-density culture during early- to mid-logarithmic growth phase is preferred.
    • Extraction of small volumes is preferred over large volumes to avoid accumulating high concentrations of potentially inhibiting secondary components.
  • Check for OD260/OD280 ratio between 1.8 and 2.0.
  • Check for OD260/OD230 ratio between 2.0 and 2.2.
  • Use low bind microcentrifuge tubes whenever possible.
  • Run a gel or a BioAnalyzer to visualize DNA quality. If sample looks degraded, either re-extract the sample or clean up sample using a Qiagen kit or AMPure XP beads.

If using AMPure beads, make sure there are no residual beads with the samples. This will inhibit any enzymes used in the subsequent process. It will especially affect polymerase binding critical for quality sequencing reads.

Recommended DNA clean up

PacBio recommends using a high salt phenol/chloroform wash to remove polysaccharides from high molecular weight DNA. Polysaccharides are a common source of poor sequencing results, especially for fungal or plant samples. An alternative recommended kit is the PowerClean® DNA Clean-Up Kit to remove residual gDNA isolation reagents that may inhibit the polymerase binding essential for successful sequencing. The kit removes heme, polysaccharides, phenols, and dyes.

Library Guidelines

In addition to the sample preparation guidelines above, library preparations also require the following.

  • Store in a stable environment; avoid freeze-thaw cycles, which will decrease library quality.
  • Ship in dry ice with legible water/cold proof labels.
  • Perform a BioAnalyzer to see target library range and overall quality.

Sample Submission

For different library insert sizes, submit the following amounts of DNA at 4°C or in dry ice. Do not submit DNA at room temperature. This may affect DNA quality. If using a UV absorbance quantitation method (i.e. Nanodrop or OD260) please submit more material as these methods tend to read up to 2x higher than fluorometric quantitation methods.

Library Insert Size Amount of DNA Required
Amplicon 100-750bp 500 ng
Amplicon 750bp-10kb 1 µg
3-20 Kb 3-5 µg
Size Selected (10-35kb) 5-8 µg

Barcode demultiplexing analysis is available for PCR amplicons. See PacBio's barcoding documentation for instructions. If you are using barcodes, specify this on the request form. We do not currently offer library barcoding services.

Library Submission

Follow the PacBio Standard Library prep protocol when constructing libraries for submission. Any deviation may result in poor sequencing run.

Due to low yields, make sure the final concentration is ~20-100 ng/µL at 15-200 µL volume (adjusting for required amount of DNA). Any less may result in a poor run or poor overall representation of template sequence.

Shipping Samples

Ship your samples to the following address using standard shipping protocols for DNA.

UW PacBio Sequencing Services
c/o Katherine Munson
Box 355065
3720 15th Ave NE, S413A
Seattle, WA   98195-5065
Work +1-206-616-5117
Fax +1-206-221-5795