Register an account on the GSL website for yourself and your Principal Investigator
Every person involved in the project should have their own account in order to receive project updates and view files. The PI of the project is the person ultimately responsible for the payment for the scope of work. You will need to confirm your registration by clicking a link in a confirmation email sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a project with your PI as the PI of the project and yourself as a contact
You will also need the accounts payable information for your institute or company. This contact would be the person who will receive invoices and arrange for payment.
Isolate nucleic acids or organize samples needing isolation
Please see our sample prep page
for our recommended methods for isolating high-quality, pure nucleic acids and our suggestions for sample collection kits for GSL isolation. The quality of starting
material is the single most important factor in excellent data, so if you have questions regarding this
step, contact us before proceeding.
Submit samples online
Login to your project and click "Submit New Samples". Follow the instructions provided,
including as much information as possible about each sample to help us most effectively handle
samples and analyze your data.
When samples are submitted online, sample numbers are generated in the format
1111-SEL-0001, 1111-SEL-0002, etc., where the first set of digits is the project
number, followed by the PI's initials, and then counting upward from 0001. If samples are
submitted in tubes, this sample number should be written on the top of each 1.5ml Eppendorf
tube. If samples are submitted in clear, full-skirt or half-skirt plates (the preferred method), the project number, sample
number range, and date should be written on the end of the plate. The plate should be sealed
with a foil cover capable of withstanding -80C temperatures
Microplate Aluminum Sealing Tape
Be sure to dilute samples to the appropriate concentration in the
Column elution buffer or low-EDTA 10mM Tris is usually a good choice.
A confirmation email will be sent after you submit your samples online. Print out the attached
form to include in your shipment and verify that the sample numbers on the form match the samples
you are shipping.
Print out and sign the
Hazardous Declaration Form
to include with your shipment. Any samples shipped without this document will be discarded.
Pack the samples as diagrammed below.
Write your project number on the outside of the box. This is very important to ensure prompt delivery
to the GSL from our central receiving office.
Ship samples overnight to the address below. We advise shipping no later in the week than Wednesday
in case a carrier delay causes samples to sit over the weekend with no cooling available.
Genomic Services Laboratory Levy Lab Room 3021
601 Genome Way
Huntsville AL 35806