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Sequencing platform



Presentation of the IGFL's Sequencing platform

The IGFL’s sequecing platform undertakes deep sequencing projects of different scales with the latest next generation sequencing (NGS) technology.

Since 2012, we've acquired considerable expertise via a range of unique and diverse projects, often requiring the development of customised methodologies.

The platform operates predominantly in a collaborative mode with both academic and private sectors.


The sequencing platform designs and executes - in close concertation with users-  projects with a wide range of applications. Sequencing facilities allow for small to large scale projects, from 400000 to 900 million reads/run. We recommend you contact us as upstream as possible to determine the optimal sequencing strategy for your project.

Numerous applications and domains are possible given the different equipment available, including: de novo sequencing of small and medium sized genomes, RNA (mRNA, microRNA, Dual RNAseq), ChIPseq, transcriptomic and metagenomic studies, screening projects (e.g. CRISPR), as well as sequencing of targeted regions (e.g. gene panels) and amplicons.

The platform can propose certain primary bioinformatics analyses to users (mapping on reference genomes of a model species, assembly of small sequenced genomes) but not the secondary analyses nor the statistical analysis of data. We provide advice on different analytical tools available locally (e.g. the Galaxy analysis platform) or via academic or private sector subcontractors (several of which have previously collaborated with the platform).

The platform develops and executes new protocols.


The platform is equipped with 4 high screening capacity sequencers of 3 technology types.




Sequence length

Number of reads/run

Duration of sequencing


NexSeq500 Nextseq500

Single End : 75 or 150 pb

Paired End : 2x75 or 2x150 pb

130 - 400 million 12 to 30 hours


Targeted DNA sequencing (e.g. exomes)

Whole genome sequencing (de novo or re-sequencing)

Amplicon sequencing (e.g. Ampliseq or Panel)

Methylation and ChIP seq


Ion Torrent PROTON (Thermofisher) Ion Torrent PGM (Thermofisher)

Proton Up to 200 bp < 80 million 2.5 hours
PGM Up to 600 bp 2 or 4 million 4 to 8 hours

Amplicon sequencing (e.g. metagenomics, 16S)

Small genomes (re)-sequencing

Ion Chef System Automated system for Ampliseq library construction and sequencing preparation
MinION Minion Several kb Thousand to million Up to 48 hours DNA, RNA, amplicons sequencing with lng

The platform's Ion Chef™ System provides automated, high-throughput template preparation and reproducible chip loading prior to sequencing.

Users can also benefit from the platform's equipement to construct DNA and RNA sequencing librairies (Qubit Invitrogen, Tapestation 2200 Agilent, Nanodrop 2000 Thermofisher, S220 Focused-ultrasonicator Covaris).

The platform's confined laboratory facilities are adapted to working with nucleic acids available either in limited quantity and / or degraded quality. Procedures and infrastructure are in place to prevent the rish of contamination by nucleic acids of exogenous origin.

Our services

We can assisit you at the different stages of your project including experimental design, the sequencing phase, and can also provide training regarding the qualification of your samples and construction of sequencing banks.


The platform provides several training opportunities (in French):


Please contact us (Sandrine HUGHES or Benjamin GILLET) for further information.