Azenta Life Sciences, formerly GENEWIZ's Direct Colony Sequencing services utilizes rolling circle amplification (RCA) to enable the Sanger sequencing of bacterial clone or phage sample templates without the need for plasmid preparation. RCA generates DNA for sequencing by random hexamer priming of circular templates. Azenta RCA protocols can handle sequencing projects of any size, and are optimized to produce high quality reads from both bacterial colonies and glycerol stocks as well as phage plaques and supernatants. Direct Colony Sequencing is also extremely effective when low amounts of DNA starting material are available (e.g. low copy plasmids).
Dean, Frank B. et al. “Rapid Amplification of Plasmid and Phage DNA Using Phi29 DNA Polymerase and Multiply-Primed Rolling Circle Amplification.” Genome Research 11.6 (2001): 1095–1099.
*Please note: RCA protocol is intended for circular templates <10 kb; linear templates will not be amplified sufficiently for direct Sanger sequencing.
Longer circular templates, or circular templates carried in bacterial strains with functional endA may not be reliably amplified, contributing to variable results
Please visit our Sample Submission Guidelines for bacteria and phage templates for additional details.