Sam’s Notebook: Sample Submission – Tanner Crab Infected vs Uninfected RNAseq

After reviewing our options for sample pooling, we decided to do a comparison of Infected vs. Uninfected crabs.

I pooled equal amounts of RNA from each individual in a given set (e.g. Day 9 Infected) to achieve 1000ng. Samples were concentrated using the Friedman Lab SpeedVac to target the “required” concentration specified by the sequencing facility (60ng/uL – UW’s Northwest Genomics Center). I put “required” in quotes because, it turns out, that the amount of total RNA and the concentration are not actually required! Here’s an email exchange when I asked if there was any wiggle room:

Hi Sam,

Thank you for your questions. 1000ng is our “ideal” amount with a built-in 2nd run along the way just in case. We have received some samples with their volume too low to work with (regardless of concentration), but we can take how much ever you can give us.

I also tried to get them to commit to an absolute minimum for input RNA, but the correspondent just kind of talked around the question. Regardless, I submitted the sample manifest (see below) and they accepted it with samples below the “required” concentration and minimum amount of input RNA…

Samples will be sequenced on the NovaSeq S2 200 cycle flow cell with ~50M reads per sample.

Here’s the manifest sample sheet I submitted:

UDF/Investigator Sample Name UDF/Replicate Sample Id UDF/Organism UDF/Gender UDF/Race UDF/Concentration (ng\/uL) UDF/Total Volume (uL)
D9_infected Chionoecetes bairdi 75 10
D9_uninfected Chionoecetes bairdi 81 10
D12_infected Chionoecetes bairdi 57 10
D12_uninfected Chionoecetes bairdi 74 10
D26_infected Chionoecetes bairdi 59 10
D26_uninfected Chionoecetes bairdi 70 10

from Sam’s Notebook