Recent advances in DNA sequencing methods - general principles of sample preparation

Exp Cell Res. 2010 May 1;316(8):1339-43. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2010.02.036. Epub 2010 Mar 6.


DNA sequencing has revolutionized biomedicine, and progress in the field has been unrelenting since it was invented over 30years ago. The complete DNA sequence of the human genome was obtained as the culmination of a decade of work by a large number of scientists. Less than ten years later, so-called 'next-generation' instruments now make it possible for a single lab to produce the same amount of data in a week. But while the instruments are increasingly automated, upstream sample processing remains a challenge. Here I review the current state of the art in preparing genomic and RNA samples for high throughput sequencing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Genome*
  • Humans
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*
  • Specimen Handling / methods*