Automated Sequencing Facility

The ACGT DNA Sequence Facility is a core facility within the Department of Genetics at the University of Pretoria, situated in the FABI Square and Informatics Building on the campus. The facility provides DNA sequencing and fragment analysis services to researches within this faculty, such as Microsatellite and AFLP analysis. The facility has recently acquired an ABI 3500xl. The instruments was funded by the National Research Foundation under the Research Infrastructure and  Support Programme: National Equipment Programme (2011/2012- Grant holder: Prof P. Bloomer) and is jointly supported by the University of Pretoria.

With the sequencing of the human genome and other advances in genetic research, genetics is one of the fastest growing research areas in Africa and globally. Two indispensable tools in a geneticist’s kit are DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis. Both are an every-day need for most laboratories working in human, animal, plant, microbial or viral genetics.

The basics

DNA sequencing is the analysis of the nucleotide sequence of a given piece of DNA. The knowledge about the nucleotide sequence of genes is a prerequisite for any molecular approach in basic as well as applied genetics. For scientists in Africa to compete globally in genetics research, DNA synthesis and sequencing services need to be both prompt and cost-effective.

Contact information:

T:+27 12 420 5804/5
Fax: +27 12 362 5327  12 841 2388