A high-throughput optomechanical retrieval method for sequence-verified clonal DNA from the NGS platform

Howon Lee, Hyoki Kim, Sungsik Kim, Taehoon Ryu, Hwangbeom Kim, Duhee Bang, Sunghoon Kwon

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Writing DNA plays a significant role in the fields of synthetic biology, functional genomics and bioengineering. DNA clones on next-generation sequencing (NGS) platforms have the potential to be a rich and cost-effective source of sequence-verified DNAs as a precursor for DNA writing. However, it is still very challenging to retrieve target clonal DNA from high-density NGS platforms. Here we propose an enabling technology called â € Sniper Cloningâ €™ that enables the precise mapping of target clone features on NGS platforms and non-contact rapid retrieval of targets for the full utilization of DNA clones. By merging the three cutting-edge technologies of NGS, DNA microarray and our pulse laser retrieval system, Sniper Cloning is a week-long process that produces 5,188 error-free synthetic DNAs in a single run of NGS with a single microarray DNA pool. We believe that this technology has potential as a universal tool for DNA writing in biological sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6073
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Pioneer Research Center Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2012-0009555). We thank N. Cho, D. Jung, Y. Jung, Y. Choi, H. Lee and S. Lone for the experimental advice. We thank A.C. Lee for editing the manuscript. We gratefully acknowledge Celemics Inc. for data analysis and valuable discussion.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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