Sequencing Core Data Archives
The DNA Sequencing Core keeps all old sequencing data in archival storage. While we do
not keep all your old runs available on the FTP server (our 'Access Recent Results'
section), we DO still have the old runs and can retrieve them for you on request.
Our actual sequencing data goes back to late 1993, with almost all of it searchable
via our sample-tracking database. The Core Staff can restore your old records for you.
Note that the lab PI can use the 'PI Administration' pages to search for old database
records. This can help us find your data faster (see below).
To get old data, please email the Core Director
with your request.
Here are some possible ways we may be able to search the old records:
- Sample number
- This is the easiest, most reliable way to locate old sample
records. Please provide us with sample numbers, if at all possible.
- Gel Number and Lane Number
- These are written on the top of the printed chromatograms as a pair
of numbers like '1263 22'. This is the second most reliable way of
finding your old data.
- Sample name
- What was it you called that sample? Note that
capitalization is significant, though, so this may be more difficult
if the person who submitted it was fond of capitalizing letters in unexpected
- The PI's login name and the approximate date of processing.
- We can pull up a list of all samples from a given period. If there
aren't too many of them, you may be able to figure out which one(s)
you need. The PI can get this list too, starting from the 'PI Administration'
page and clicking on 'View your recent or old billings'.
Once we find your data, we'll put it on our FTP server. IT WILL AGAIN BE
AUTO-DELETED AFTER ABOUT 2 WEEKS! You need to be able to download the file(s)
and handle it from there. You'll need the PI's login name (usually just their
surname) and the Lab password (PI's password). Please see the 'Access Recent
Results' page for instructions on downloading chromatogram files and for
suggested programs for viewing them.