Software scripts for quality checking of high-throughput nucleic acid sequencers

Biotechniques. 2001 Jun;30(6):1300-5. doi: 10.2144/01306bc03.


We have developed a graphical interface to allow the researcher to view and assess the quality of sequencing results using a series of program scripts developed to process data generated by automated sequencers. The scripts are written in Perl programming language and are executable under the cgibin directory of a Web server environment. The scripts direct nucleic acid sequencing trace file data output from automated sequencers to be analyzed by the phred molecular biology program and are displayed as graphical hypertext mark-up language (HTML) pages. The scripts are mainly designed to handle 96-well microtiter dish samples, but the scripts are also able to read data from 384-well microtiter dishes 96 samples at a time. The scripts may be customized for different laboratory environments and computer configurations. Web links to the sources and discussion page are provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence*
  • DNA, Plant / genetics
  • Data Display
  • Electrophoresis, Capillary / instrumentation
  • Expressed Sequence Tags
  • Fluorometry
  • Hypermedia*
  • Internet
  • Quality Control
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA* / instrumentation
  • Triticum / genetics


  • DNA, Plant