Initial Consultation is required prior to submission of samples and NanoString assays. Please email to schedule a consultation.

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Sample Assays

Sample preparation services

  • RNA and DNA extraction from cells, blood, and fecal slurries using Promega kits for the RSC48 Instrument
  • RNA extraction from FFPE samples
  • RNA and DNA Quality and Quantity Assessment using Agilent Bioanalyzer, Thermofisher Qubit, and Promega GloMax Discover microplate reader
  • DNA Fragmentation for CNV NanoString assays will use enzymatic method (AluI) supplied by NanoString

Sample Submission

  1. Sample requirement: submit samples in eppendorf tubes; contact us at to discuss volume amounts.
    Sample TypenCounter Analysis MAX system
    Total RNA (CodeSets < 400 genes)100 ng
    Total RNA (CodeSets >400 genes)50 ng
    FFPE-derived RNA100-300 ng
    Fragmented DNA300ng
  2. Reagent Requirements

    Provide the NanoString Reporter and Capture Probe sets and Master Mix consumables to the facility.  These can be shipped directly from NanoString to the Microbiome Shared Resource, our shipping address is the following:

    Duke University Medical Center
    Microbiome Shared Resource
    Room 2208B CIEMAS Building
    101 Science Drive
    Durham, NC 27708
    Lab phone: 919-684-8224

Assay Processing

  • Overnight hybridization
  • Prep station run
  • nCounter reader run
  • Data returned via email and stored in the Express Database Repository.  Users can download the nSolver software for free to analyze their data
  • Data analysis services are provided on a fee for service basis, request fee data analysis consultation by emailing
  • For NanoString assay processing fee, please contact
  • For NanoString product pricing and questions, please contact:
    Key Account Manager: Greg Bauer
    Field Application Scientists: Erica Pawlak

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