03/26/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2020 14:11
Penn State College of Medicine's Genome Sciences Facility has issued updates to its procedures for sample drop-off and equipment use in light of COVID-19.
The following information was provided to facility users.
There is an ongoing conversation on how the genomics core at Penn State College of Medicine is being affected by the evolving situation with COVID-19. At this time, we are trying to keep all services available to you. In order to encourage social distancing, we ask you all to send an email request to [email protected] for consultations. We will schedule a phone or Zoom meeting as needed.
For QC sample drop-off, nothing changes, with drop-off boxes as usual - RNA in the -20C freezer, DNA in the 4C refrigerator.
For project submission, email [email protected] before bringing the samples. We are now implementing a modified procedure for submission as follows:
We are regularly cleaning open access equipment including Qubit, NanoDrop, centrifuges and the qPCR setup. If you wish to clean these surfaces before your use, we have bleach and ethanol solutions available. If you utilize our open-access equipment, please be respectful of the recommended six feet distancing practice. Staggered staffing will be implemented, and some staff members will be teleworking, so if you have a question for one or all of us, email [email protected].