DNA Microarray installed at Lakehead

With cooperation between Lakehead University and Mitomics Inc. (previous Genesis Genomics Inc.), DNA Chip Sequencing Equipment (Affymetrix Microarray System) was moved from Mitomics to Lakehead University. For Lakehead, this provides opportunities to expand research into new fields relating to development of DNA diagnostic techniques and genome techniques. The Affymetrix system:
  • has re-sequencing capabilities that can sequence the entire mitochondrial genome in humans. This line of research will help to assess whether ancient and degraded DNA is able to be sequenced using microarray systems and to employ this procedure in ancient and forensic DNA studies.
  • will help in chemical communication systems studies among aquatic animals and how environmental contamination in the form of dissolved metals can interfere with those chemical communication systems.
For LUCAS and the Paleo-DNA Laboratory, this instrument acquisition creates an opportunity for a Thunder Bay industry-university partnership to be first on the market with a Mt-DNA complete genome database for forensics.
The instrument will be operated in CB3037, a lab jointly shared by Drs. Carney Matheson and Greg Pyle. Mitomics will also have access to the system as will other University and regional researchers under the laboratory’s access policies.
Equipment includes:  GeneChip® Scanner  AutoLoader, GeneChip® Fluidics Station and Oven/incubator.
For more information on this service, contact:
Al MacKenzie, Director
Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS)
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 5E1
(807) 343-8853 Fax: (807) 346-7864

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