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    CRISPR-Cas9 Line Development

    CRISPR-Cas9 Founder Identification and Line Development Planning
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    CRISPR-Cas9 Founder Identification and Line Development Planning Process

    CRISPR-Cas9 is a rapid, simple, and efficient gene-editing method used to create mutations in established lines, and in multiple genetic backgrounds, in a fraction of the time of previous methods. However, founder animals are often mosaics with more than 1 mutation at loci of interest. This mosaicism leads to the most vivarium level confusion and trouble interpreting sequencing results. Before these new lines are viable for your research, careful genotyping and breeding of the founders is essential to ensure the genetics are correctly identified, documented, and understood. This requires meticulous attention to detail in both the laboratory and the vivarium. Our founder characterization and line development services include three essential steps to facilitate this entire process.

    Step 1.

    We design a loss of allele assay and screen your initial founders to differentiate animals with 0 vs 1 vs 2 copies of the targeted gene.

    You provide:
    • CRISPR mutation experiment information including information on the guide RNA sequences and the expected site of the mutation
    • Tissue samples from all potential founder animals you wish to have assessed (typically 20-30)
    • Loss of allele assay design
    • Loss of allele results for submitted samples
    • Loss of allele assay design: $595/assay
    • Loss of allele screening: $45/sample
    Step 2.

    We screen positive founders by direct sequencing to determine mutation elements.

    You provide:
    • May need additional tissues samples from identified founders
    • Genomic sequence for up to five founders
    • Nature of Crispr-Cas9 directed mutations found for each sample
    • Nomenclature of alleles (assigned by GTCA) to be used as standard vocabulary in further genotyping
    • Founder line-breeding plan with color guided delineation of founder lines expected progeny outcomes, and progeny genotyping recommendations to confirm line genetics
    • Sequencing, data analysis, and genetic impact of mutation: $175/sample
    Step 3.

    We screen positive founders by direct sequencing to determine mutation elements.

    You provide:
    • Tissue samples from N1 progeny animals with assigned mutations from founder line
    • Sequencing results and recommendations of which mice to proceed with
    • Design and validation of probe-based allele-specific genotyping assay(s) for the mouse line(s)
    • A comprehensive report, including all test results, for documentation of founder line establishment
    • Sequencing: $175/sample
    • Allele-specific assay design: $500/assay
    • Genotyping: $10/sample
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    CRISPR-Cas9 Founder Identification & Line Development Planning Webinar
    A short, but highly informative, overview of this new service narrated by GTCA’s Melissa Osborne.