Sequencing at Speed

This animation shows one of the methods currently being used to sequence DNA at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 

This animation shows you one method of next generation DNA sequencing from DNA preparation through to DNA sequencing.

The introduction of next-generation sequencing in 2007 created a bit of a buzz and as a result sequencing a genome is now much faster and cheaper. This animation shows a DNA sequencing process called massively parallel sequencing. This technology can sequence the three billion bases of a human genome in just 10 days by sequencing millions of clusters of DNA laid out on a small plastic slide called a flowcell. This technology has driven forward large scale sequencing projects such as the 1,000 Genomes Project and UK10K.

This page was last updated on 2015-12-01