ABI 373A Read Length Improvements

Mick Jones mjones at rpms.ac.uk
Fri Apr 12 03:40:46 EST 1996

Hi Netters

We have a 373A ABI DNA sequencer with 24 cm well to read plates (I know we are dinosaurs with no 
Stretch upgrade).  We routinely run 6% PAGE/Urea gels, and can read out to beyond 500 bases with 
good templates and good cycle sequencing reactions.  Although we are happy with our sequence 
data I was wondering if it could be improved.

My question is can we improve the length of read, accuracy, peak resolution by modifying the % 
of the PAGE.  Would we get an improvement by say running 5% gels (or even 4.5% gels)?  Would 
increasing run time from 12 to 14 or 16 hours coupled with 5% gels give better results?  
Would FMC Long Ranger be any benefit to us?

If anybody out there has a preferred set of running conditions then I'd be pleased to heare from 
you (gel concentration, TBE receipe, gel running conditions [watts, temp, current, etc]).  All 
would be appreciated, as I would hate to re-invent the wheel on this one.

Thanks to one and all in advance.

Mick Jones
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