Affymetrix Inc. pioneered the field of oligonucleotide microarrays and has been the microarray ”gold standard” for fifteen years now. Affymetrix’ GeneChip™ technology applies a combination of photolithography and combinatorial chemistry to directly synthesise 25mer oligonucleotides on a glass surface. Up to 6.5 million different oligonucleotides are synthesised on a 1.7 cm² surface – an area as small as a thumbnail. Moreover, GeneChip™ technology excels with an outstandingly high degree of automation and reproducibility. More than twenty thousand peer-reviewed publications in high-ranking scientific journals are based on Affymetrix GeneChip™ data.
Full Service: Customer sends total RNA or mRNA. ATLAS Biolabs takes over the complete processing procedure incl. sample labelling, array hybridisation, washing, staining, scanning and basic data analysis.
Core Service: Customer sends labelled cRNA/cDNA. ATLAS Biolabs performs array hybridisation, washing, staining, scanning and basic data analysis.
Small Sample Service: available for very limited amounts of total RNA (10–20 ng).
Data Analysis: is offered at various levels; starting from the simple determination of the transcriptional status of a gene (absent/present) via calculation of significantly up- and down-regulated genes, to more sophisticated analyses such as hierarchical clustering or principal component analysis.
ATLAS Biolabs is certified according to the international standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485. Our production processes are subject to rigorous quality control at all steps:
- Quality and quantity of each RNA sample sent to ATLAS Biolabs will be determined by analysis on an Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer and by photometric analysis.
- Customers receive a QC report documenting the quality of each single hybridisation.
- All quality assurance procedures are electronically documented and available for our customers on demand.