DNA encapsulation platform
BIOBANQUES and Genopole acquired a platform developed by Imagene, providing an alternative method for the DNA storage at room temperature and based on the encapsulation of desiccated DNA under anhydrous argon in tightly sealed corrosion-proof metallic capsules.
This robotised technology fully protects samples against water, oxygen, light and any atmospheric pollutant which would damage DNA molecules if present in the container.
The innovative platform allows robotised processing of DNA samples from extraction to encapsulation, as well as automated qualitative and quantitative analysis.
|DNA encapsulation at room temperature: Advantages and process (click to enlarge)|
At full capacity, this high throughput platform is able to perform 19,000 DNA extractions from blood, 9,500 DNA extractions from other matrices and prepare 1,000,000 DNA capsules per year, thereby reducing production costs drastically when compared to previous platforms equipped with lower throughput robots.
In addition to guaranteeing integrity of the stored molecules, this platform provides a high throughput that none of the other DNA conservation methods can currently achieve. Therefore, it fulfils the requirements of a national centralised technology platform that provides services to the scientific community.
BIOBANQUES supports several projects related to this technique: