How long will it take to sequence my samples?
What is your current turnaround time?.
Can I Get Rush Processing?
The delay in processing samples depends mostly on how many samples are
in the queue ahead of yours.
Please note that we do not prioritize any of the samples (with some rare
exceptions - see below).
This means that your samples will be processed in turn, regardless of who you
are, or what department or school you come from. We do NOT cater
preferentially to members of the Medical School or any other U of M
NOTE: We calculate our turnaround times based on BUSINESS HOURS. We do not work on weekends,
so we do not count weekend hours against our turnaround times.
Samples are prioritized as follows:
- Samples are entered into our queue as soon as they are
typed into our computer.
- When possible, we process the samples that have been in
the queue the longest.
- The theoretical best turnaround time is 24 hours (the time
from when sample processing begins in the morning to when
the results are distributed from the gel the next afternoon).
- Realistic turnaround times are generally more like 48 hours, since
- we rarely get samples first thing in the morning
- we can't send out the previous night's data until mid-afternoon;
we're too busy setting up the next runs.
Furthermore, if the queue is overloaded, there may be a few days' wait before
your turn comes up. Click on the link listed at the top of the
page for best current estimates of turnaround time.
- Some samples are processed at *lower* priority:
- If a lab has submitted large numbers of samples, we
process them in groups of perhaps a dozen at a time,
so they cannot delay later samples unduly.
- Samples from laboratories outside the University
of Michigan are sometimes accepted, and are processed
only as space and time permit.
- If you check the 'Rush' box during Sample Submission, your sample
will receive expedited processing (see Can I Get Rush Processing?).
You must bring it to the Core lab before 9 AM and we'll process it that day. Results will be returned
to you the following day (about 24-30 hours after submission).
PLEASE NOTE that only a few percent of our samples can
be given expedited processing. If people abuse this privilege,
we will be forced to discontinue this practice.
- Some people have been entering their samples into the computer
before they are actually ready. We strongly discourage
this practice as it creates problems for the Sample Clerk.
Samples that sit in our 'Expected' list for a day or more will automatically
be demoted to a lower priority.