The Biospecimen Accessioning and Processing Core is equipped with networked computer stations with bar code printers and scanners for specimen accessioning and processing, specimen tracking, and data management.
The core facility in Minnesota also is equipped with:
- Automated RNA and DNA extractors.
- Microplate reader.
- Robotic liquid handlers.
- Multiple freezers.
The core facility supports high-throughput automation with this additional equipment:
- Cappers and decappers.
- Automated tube sorters.
- High-throughput sample sorter.
- Flatbed scanners.
- Volume check (volume detection) instruments.
To support operations, the core includes:
- Biological safety cabinets.
- Analytical balance.
- Cell counters.
- Controlled rate freezer.
- Heat blocks.
- Water filtration system.
The core facility at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida is equipped with a DNA extractor, a spectrophotometer, a liquid handler and instruments to support automated sample processing, such as a capper and decapper and volume check instruments.
Frozen specimens are stored in high-capacity automated freezers at a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius below zero. They also can be stored in conventional upright freezers at a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius below zero and in liquid nitrogen vapor-phase freezers. BAP Core facilities have extensive capacity to store 1.4mL cryovials in robotically controlled freezers.