CATGO laboratory

cambsThe CAmbridge Translational GenOmics (CATGO) laboratory is one of the service laboratories of the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre which primarily supports NIHR BioResource projects such as the NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases. It is located on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus at the NHS Blood and Transplant Centre and consists of 10 staff spread across 2 laboratories.

CATGO are responsible for processing and archiving biological samples (blood, saliva etc) in preparation for DNA extraction and sequencing. DNA ‘libraries’ prepared by the laboratory can then be transferred to an external provider for full exome sequencing.

CATGO liaise with the enrolment office and the study lead of each project to ensure timely processing of samples through the exome sequencing pipeline.

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How to apply for sequence capacity

If you are a clinician/scientist working in an NHS Foundation Trust, you may apply for sequencing capacity to use Next Generation Sequencing Techniques (NGST) to sequence and analyse groups of patients with specific rare diseases.

Applications for sequencing capacity go to the Sequencing and Informatics Committee (SIC) which has representatives from 6 BRCs/BRUs and other relevant groups. The application criteria and application form can be downloaded from the CATGO website.