To speed up the library construction and potentially save reagents cost, we manually tested ½x, ¼x, 1/5x and 1/10x reduced reaction volumes for RNA-seq library construction using NEB Ultra Directional RNA-seq kit. The results showed that 1/5x gave us reliable results. Thus, by leveraging the mosquito® and dragonfly® discovery automated liquid handling systems for mRNA-seq library construction with 1/5x reduced reaction, reagent costs were reduced five-fold via miniaturization whilst maximizing the reliability of an automated workflow.
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