Observational study on variability between biobanks in the estimation of DNA concentration

Jay Brown, Alexander N. Donev, Charalampos Aslanidis, Pippa Bracegirdle, Katherine P. Dixon, Manuela Foedinger, Rhian Gwilliam, Matthew Hardy, Thomas Illig, Xiayi Ke, Dagni Krinka, Camilla Lagerberg, Päivi Laiho, David H. Lewis, Wendy McArdle, Simon Patton, Susan M. Ring, Gerd Schmitz, Helen Stevens, Gunnel TybringH. Erich Wichmann, William Er Ollier, Martin A. Yuille

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    Background. There is little confidence in the consistency of estimation of DNA concentrations when samples move between laboratories. Evidence on this consistency is largely anecdotal. Therefore there is a need first to measure this consistency among different laboratories and then identify and implement remedies. A pilot experiment to test logistics and provide initial data on consistency was therefore conceived. Methods. DNA aliquots at nominal concentrations between 10 and 300 ng/l were dispensed into the wells of 96-well plates by one participant - the coordinating centre. Participants estimated the concentration in each well and returned estimates to the coordinating centre. Results. Considerable overall variability was observed among estimates. There were statistically significant differences between participants' measurements and between fluorescence emission and absorption spectroscopy. Conclusion. Anecdotal evidence of variability in DNA concentration estimation has been substantiated. Reduction in variability between participants will require the identification of major sources of variation, specification of effective remedies and their implementation. © 2009 Yuille et al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number208
    JournalBMC Research Notes
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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