sanger sequencing lab services

Sanger sequencing is a cost-efficient method ideal for sequencing small stretches of DNA. We offer a range of Sanger sequencing services with flexible options to meet your project requirements and our experts are available to assist as needed.


Use our fully equipped lab and expert staff as an extension of your team.


Your partner for Sanger sequencing lab services

We offer three service levels to meet your project and budget requirements. 

Ready2 Run: Use our most cost-effective sequencing offering for purified PCR products and plasmid DNA. Learn more.

Flexi Run: Select this option for multiple sequencing runs on purified samples and the flexibility to select the primers of your choice. Learn more.

Premium Run: Go for the premium service level if you have a challenging sample type, require multiple runs per sample or plate, or need additional flexibility. Learn more.

All services levels are available for single tubes or microtitre plates (96-well) and include: 

  • Automated and standardised ABI 3730 XL sequencing run with a read length up to 1,100 nt (PHRED20 quality)
  • Overnight turnaround if samples are delivered* before 10 am Central European Time (Monday - Friday)
  • Sample bags for secure sample shipment
  • LGC plasmid DNA standard
  • Access to pick-up boxes at various location


Get started by creating an account with our Sanger sequencing services online shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss the specifics of your project, please contact our sequencing support team.

Order Sanger sequencing services

What's included in each service level?


Ready2 Run


Select this service level for cost-effective sequencing of purified samples with single runs per sample or plate.


Turnaround time 24 hours*
Submission requirements Premixed sample and primer
Purified template including preadjusted primer concentration
Minimum sample volume 10 µL sample + 4 µL primer (5 µM)
Runs per sample or plate 1



Flexi Run


Choose Flexi Run if you require multiple runs per sample or plate and need more flexibility.


Turnaround time 24 hours*
Submission requirements Purified sample and primer submitted separately
Template concentration preadjusted
Minimum sample volume 15 µL
Runs per sample or plate Up to 15
Storage and reuse Up to three months
Primer options Standard primers
Customer-provided primers
Custom primer synthesis (add-on service)



Premium Run


This option is the best choice for challenging sample types or projects requiring more flexibility to customise, including large constructs, low concentration or GC-rich samples.


Turnaround time 24 hours (except for clones)*
Submission requirements Flexible
Minimum sample volume
Runs per sample or plate
Storage and reuse Up to three months
Primer options Standard primers
Customer-provided primers
Custom primer synthesis (add-on service)
Included services DNA quality check
Technical support
Protocol modifications
Add-on services Sample purification
Custom primer design and synthesis



For more details, refer to the Sanger sequencing quick guide.

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  • Routine sequencing on PCR products and plasmid DNA of single samples or micro titer plates (MTPs)
  • Microbial identification of pure cultures 16S/ITS/18S of:
    • Bacteria
    • Fungi
    • Yeast
  • Customised projects, such as:
    • Targeted re-sequencing of defined genomic regions
    • Barcode of Life for animals and plants (i.e. CO1/matK)
    • Cloning of PCR products and subsequent sequencing
    • Primer walking
    • Primer design, synthesis and storage

Frequently asked questions

What types of Sanger sequencing services does LGC Biosearch Technologies offer?

We offer both single sample and MTP (96-well plate) sequencing which are run as automated and standardised ABI 3730xl sequencing runs, and obtain read lengths up to 1,100 nucleotides (nt) (PHRED20 quality).

The following standard service options are available:

  • Ready2Run: sample and primer pre-mixed by customer
  • Flexi Run: sample and primer are sent separately by the customer and will be stored for 3 months with the possibility to re-use them. We offer a set of standard primers, custom primers can be submitted, or synthesis of specific primers can be ordered.
  • Premium Run: Here we perform a sample DNA quality check first to find optimal sequencing conditions. We can adapt sequencing conditions further for samples such as large constructs (e.g. BACs), low concentration samples, or GC-rich samples. PCR clean up and plasmid preparations are included for MTP sequencing and can be ordered optionally for single sample sequencing.

Individual projects are also possible to reflect your specific requirements. We can offer additional services including complete 16S/ITS analysis, primer walking, BOL, re-sequencing. Please feel free to discuss your project with us.

What sample types can be submitted for Sanger sequencing services?

PCR products and plasmids (up to 12 kB) in our standard service options (Ready2 Run and Flexi Run) and cosmid only in Premium Run.

Please note that we cannot accept genomic DNA.

What is the required concentration for submitted DNA?

The concentrations must be adjusted prior to shipping for the standard service options (Ready2 Run and Flexi Run).

PCR products:

  • 150-500 bp: 10 ng/µL
  • 500-1000 bp: 20 ng/µL
  • 1,000-2,000 bp: 40 ng/µL


  • 100 ng/µL

Please note that for MTP services, PCR products should not differ in size and concentration by a factor of 3 within the plate as homogeneous sequencing conditions must be used across all samples in the plate.

Is there a DNA quality requirement?

For our standard service (Ready2 Run and Flexi Run) submitted DNA samples must be purified by the customer. For our premium service, sample purification (enzymatic) can be selected as an option when ordering.

We recommend eluting the samples in water to avoid the presence of inhibiting residues in the sample. Sanger sequencing primers and templates need to be free from fluorophores (no fluorescent FAM-/HEX-/... modification) as their presence disturbs the analyses and can potentially cause severe damage to the sequencing instruments.

What recommendations do you have regarding primers?

There are three options for primers in Sanger sequencing services:

  1. Use standard primers – these are universal primers that we offer in-house. A list of primers is available in your online account.
  2. Customer-submitted primers – submit your preferred primers with your samples (combined together for Ready2 Run services, and separately for Flexi Run services).
  3. Customer-submitted primers – submit your preferred primers with your samples (combined together for Ready2 Run services, and separately for Flexi Run services).

Order synthesis of required primers - we can synthesise primers for you (design of primers is available only with our premium service). Primer synthesis should be ordered before 3 pm (working days only) to guarantee sequencing on the next working day.

Customer-submitted primers and in-house primer syntheses are stored for 3 months.

We recommend providing primers as stock solutions (100 μM).

For your calculations: 4 μL of a 5 μM primer are required for each sequencing reaction. Please ensure that excess primers are supplied to enable any repeat reactions to be performed.

What is the estimated turnaround time for regular sequencing requests?

Once the samples have arrived, they will be processed immediately. Results are available within approximately 24 or 48 hours, depending on the selected service.

We also offer an express service (for Germany and Austria). If this has not yet been established at your location, please contact our sequencing support team for further details.

For individual customized projects, the processing times are coordinated and communicated with the responsible project manager.

What sample shipment option should I use?

There are several alternative options for sample shipment including courier, standard mail, or a pick-up box.

Please check with our sequencing support team to determine which option would be the most suitable for your location.

Courier forms for MTP (96-well plate) shipments are available in your online account.

How do I get started?

Please create a customer account in our Sanger Sequencing Online Shop. Once the account is activated, please order a batch of barcode labels that are essential for our sequencing service (these are free of charge). Additionally, you can order free sample bags and/or MTP shipping boxes for safe shipment of your templates.

For submission of sequencing requests please contact our sequencing support team.

What are the payment options for Sanger sequencing services?

We offer a credit system for invoicing of sequencing orders, and this can be used for a range of our sequencing services.

You have the option to load a specified amount (minimum 50 Euros) into your Sanger account. This credit is available to use immediately, and you can start ordering Sanger sequencing. You will subsequently receive an invoice for the amount loaded into your account.

Furthermore, you can mention a PO, or respectively, a project number in online ordering for improve traceability for your financial department.

Alternatively, sequencing orders can be paid individually per invoice. It should be noted here that the prices per sequencing are higher when individual invoicing is used, compared to the pre-loaded credit option.

How will I be updated regarding the status of my sequencing request?

The data sets are available for download in your Sanger sequencing online shop account for 3 months (section ‘Data management’: ‘Previous orders & download results’).

We strongly recommend checking the trace files (electropherograms) from the sequencing when performing any analysis, rather than relying solely on the sequence itself. Trace data from Sanger DNA Sequencing (.scf or .ab1 file formats) can be displayed by freeware programs including FinchTV or Chromas lite. All achieved datasets are Phred20 quality clipped.

How do I seek help with troubleshooting?

If you have any questions about your data, please contact our sequencing support team:

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