COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 Research Sequencing

At its highest level, sequencing of the COVID-19 virus can be used to identify the clade or strain of each sample. Whole genome sequencing of COVID-19 samples gives researchers a higher precision tool by reporting the whole virus sequence and uncovering variants that are not reported at the clade/strain level. These sequences and variants can be used to elucidate viral progression through an outbreak or answer questions asked by investigators working on the tracking and treatment of infection. Investigators will be provided with the raw sequence data as well as quality reports, clade identification, consensus sequence and lists of variants for each sample, with rapid turnaround time. For more information, please contact our platform leaders.

The GSC's technology platform is a high-throughput, large-scale DNA and RNA sequencing and analysis facility that has been designed to maximize analytical capacity, diversity, efficiency, scalability and flexibility. The platform is one of the largest of its type in Canada and is well recognized internationally.

Learn more about the sequencing services offered by the GSC.

Sequencing Services

The GSC offers a variety of sequencing services to meet your research needs, including:

  • Nucleic acid extraction
  • Library construction
  • DNA and RNA sequencing

For sample submission information and to learn more about working with the GSC, please see our User Guides below.

Technology Platform

Our sequencing suite is equipped with:

  • Illumina NovaSeq 6000
  • Illumina HiSeqX
  • Illumina NextSeq500
  • Illumina MiSeq
  • Oxford Nanopore MinION
  • Oxford Nanopore PromethION

Learn more about our Technology Platforms.

Contact Us


Check out our FAQ or contact our Platform Leaders directly.

Interested in our sequencing services?

Fill out a Service Request Form.

Getting startedInterested in working with the GSC?

Learn more about working with the GSC by downloading our Getting Started User Guide which includes:

  • Workflow
  • Service requests
  • Statements of Work (SOWs)
  • Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Sample submission & tracking
  • Accessing your data
  • Alignments
  • Terms of Service
  • Acknowledgement Policy

GSC Sequencing User Guides

Our DNA, RNAConstructed Libraries, Cells, Bodily Fluids, Metagenome, Tissue and FFPE Tissue User Guides below contain all of the information you need to prepare and submit samples for sequencing at the GSC, including:

  • Sample types and formats accepted
  • Minimum sample requirements
  • Online sample submission guides
  • Sample courier and drop-off information

DNA Samples

DNA User Guide

RNA Samples

RNA Samples

Constructed Libraries

Constructed Libraries

Bodily Fluids

Bodily Fluids User Guide





Metagenome User Guide


Tissue Samples User Guide

FFPE Tissue

FFPE Tissue Sample User Guide


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