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University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology
Institute of Biotechnology
DNA Sequencing and Genomics

Research Director:
Petri Auvinen
Tel +358 (0) 2941 58902
e-mail petri.auvinen -at-

Laboratory Engineer:
Lars Paulin
Tel +358 (0) 2941 58887
e-mail lars.paulin -at-

Viikinkaari 5D
(Biocenter 2, 4th floor)
P.O.Box 56
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358 (0) 2941 58884

Sequencing service e-mail:
bio-alf -at-

Institute of Biotechnology
Street address: Viikinkaari 5D (P.O.Box 56)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0) 294 1911
Tel: +358 (0) 2941 4482624

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Instruments / Introduction

The laboratory has multiple platforms available for DNA sequencing, aiming to provide the best, most cutting-edge combination of sequencing approaches for the varying needs of our customers. Robotic tools are also applied extensively in eg. sample preparation and PCR purification.

The numerous instruments of our lab generally introduce 5 different sequencing platforms, 4 of which are next-generation sequencing:

Sanger sequencing / Fragment analysis by capillary electrophoresis:
The Applied Biosystems® (ABI) 3130 and 3730 sequencers of our lab represent these so called "first-generation sequencing" machines.

Next-generation sequencing:
There are four different next-generation sequencing platforms currently available in our lab:

  • Applied Biosystems® SOLiD™ sequencing by means of two separate sequencers
    (SOLiD 4 & SOLiD 5500XL)
  • 454 GS FLX+ pyrosequencing
  • Illumina HiScanSQ (to be replaced by MiSeq)
  • Single-molecule real-time (SMRT®) sequencing with the PacBio RS sequencer


Find more information on individual machines via the navigation menu on the left.