RNA Sequencing

RNA Sequencing (RNA-Seq) is an emerging technology that is transforming the landscape of current and future gene-expression studies. While traditional methods such as microarray and comparative genomic hybridization have been dominant over the last decade, RNA-Seq is expeditiously replacing these technologies through delivery of data that is proving to have higher sensitivity and accuracy.

The RNA-seq service offered at abm produces high quality sequencing data and accurate gene expression level estimation to facilitate your next big discovery.

abm RNA Sequencing

We provide the complete service - from sample submission to sequencing to data analysis.
illumina certified service provider

abm is an Illumina Certified Service Provider, dedicated to ensuring the delivery of the highest-quality data available for genetic analysis applications.

"I am a fan of abm: great product quality, great price, great rewards and great experience."

Dr. Vincent Emond, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec CHUL

Service Listing

Core Services
mRNA Sequencing (up to 8 million reads, 1x150bp SE) 1 Sample IR13008 $425.00
mRNA Sequencing (up to 20 million reads, 1x150bp SE) 1 Sample IR11020 $550.00
mRNA Sequencing (up to 40 million reads, 1x150bp SE) 1 Sample IR11040 $735.00
Prices are in US dollars. Please contact [email protected] if you need a quotation in Canadian dollars.
mRNA Sequencing (up to 8 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR13007 $475.00
mRNA Sequencing (up to 20 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR11021 $690.00
mRNA Sequencing (up to 40 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR11041 $1045.00
Prices are in US dollars. Please contact [email protected] if you need a quotation in Canadian dollars.
miRNA/Small RNA Sequencing (up to 10 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR12010 $425.00
miRNA/Small RNA Sequencing (up to 20 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR12020 $530.00
miRNA/Small RNA Sequencing (up to 30 million reads, 2x150bp PE) 1 Sample IR12030 $635.00
Prices are in US dollars. Please contact [email protected] if you need a quotation in Canadian dollars.
Bioinformatics Services
Reference Genome Import (<10 Mb Genome) 1 Genome IB00001 $55.00
Reference Genome Import (>10 Mb Genome) 1 Genome IB00002 $220.00
Differential Gene Expression Analysis
(Pairwise Comparison for mRNA)
1 Comparison IB00003 $220.00
Prices are in US dollars. Please contact [email protected] if you need a quotation in Canadian dollars.
Additional Services
rRNA Depletion Treatment (human, mouse, or rat) 1 Sample IR16001 $195.00
rRNA Depletion Treatment (plant or bacteria) 1 Sample IR16002 $195.00
Total RNA Isolation for NGS 1 Sample IR19001 $65.00
Sample and Library QC 1 Sample IR18001 $60.00
Data Storage (per additional 3 months) IS10001 $150.00
Hard Drive of NGS Results  1 Hard Drive IS10003 Inquire
Prices are in US dollars. Please contact [email protected] if you need a quotation in Canadian dollars.

Key Features of RNA Sequencing Service

Sequencing Scale 8 million reads for typical bacterial expression analysis
20 million reads for typical mammalian expression analysis
40 million reads for detecting alternative splice forms
80 million reads for identifying low-abundance coding and non-coding transcripts

Higher coverage available up to 400 million reads per sample
Starting Material Minimum 2ug of Total RNA
10-100ng of Poly-A enriched mRNA
10-100ng of rRNA depleted RNA
Sequencing Type 150 bp single end or paired end sequencing.
Bioinformatics Analyses FastQC on raw sequencing data (included)
Read alignment and estimation of gene expression 
Differential gene expression analysis
Functional annotation
Data Storage 3 months
Details on Bioinformatics Analyses Services
At abm, we help our collaborators to jump start their data exploration by performing various statistical analyse including sample correlation, PCA, and differential gene expression analysis. The figures and tables are provided to quickly identify key genes or samples that will be of interest to you. Using published sample data, we show a few representative figures below.

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Project Design/Advice Assistance
All of abm's sequencing services are performed by a group of specially trained and experienced scientists partaking in a streamlined workflow. Please contact our technical support team with details of your project requirements at [email protected] and our technical support team will be happy to work with you on confirming the details of your NGS order.

Confidentiality and Service Policy
All customer information is held in strict confidence. All materials and information sent to us and the products produced by us for the order are the property of the customer and will bereturned to the customer or discarded in a confidential manner. We only archive customer materials when instructed to.

Our goal is always to deliver high-quality useful data to aid you in your research. We perform extensive maintenance and quality assurance on our equipment and strict quality control of samples throughout the sequencing process. However, next-generation sequencing by nature does not always deliver equally robust results due to a variety of factors, such as the variability inherent in the library preparation process, the biochemistry that takes place during sequencing and the quality of samples that we receive. We will make every effort to deliver the number of reads that are listed, although it is not possible to guarantee that those targets will always be achieved. The actual number of reads passing filter may vary by up to 10% from the listed target. Studies by various institutes have shown that there is minimal difference in coverage for 10% variation in reads past 5-10 million total reads.

All services are for research use only.


Is your company certified as a service provider for Illumina Sequencing?
Yes, we are a certified Illumina service provider.
What kind of analysis software do you use for sequence analysis?
The Illumina sequencers come with the integrated software that can perform the regular bioinformatics analysis functions. In addition, we have extensive experience with other open access software such as Galaxy, Adnuril, BioBike, etc. In other words, we are willing to perform additional bioinformatics analysis with different software and tools to satisfy a variety of demands from our customers.
What kind of QC methods do you adopt for the customer's sample(s)?
We will perform QC on your Total RNA samples prior to sequencing them, using the Agilent Bioanalyzer (industry standard) to determine the RNA Integrity Number (RIN). If the RIN is lower than 8, we consider these samples as having failed QC. If the samples do not pass QC, we will ask you to send us new samples. If we do not receive new samples, thereby cancelling the sequencing order, there will be a QC fee of $50/sample. This fee will be waived if you choose to continue with the sequencing order. A strict positive and negative control will be applied to this QC process. The library QC will also be performed using the Agilent Bioanalyzer to determine library size and purity. Also, prior to loading the libraries on the sequencer, we perform qPCR quantification. The cost for this is included in the sequencing service. For the QC of the final data from our sequencing service, the integrated software will generally do the job and provide adequate QC information, however, we can also provide additional QC data such as FASTQC upon request. The data we output will pass our Q30 filter, which means that the error rate in base calls is less than 1 in 1000, or 0.1%. We will get a percentage at the end of the run which states the percentage of bases that have a Q score > 30, and this percentage is usually ≥85%.
What is the lead time for your WGS, WES, and RNA-Seq services?
Our sequencing lead times depend on workload, but are typically 2-4 weeks for sequencing data + 2-3 weeks for standard analysis. Please inquire for lead times for more detailed analysis.


01 Barclay, R. A. et al. "Exosomes from uninfected cells activate transcription of latent HIV-1." J. Biol. Chem 292(28):11682-11701 (2017). DOI: 10.1074/jbc.A117.793521. Application: RNA-Seq.
02 Ee, LS et al. "An Embryonic Stem Cell-Specific NuRD Complex Functions through Interaction with WDR5." Stem Cell Rep 8(6):1488-1496 (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2017.04.020. Application: RNA-Seq.
03 Acharya, D et al. "KAT-Independent Gene Regulation by Tip60 Promotes ESC Self-Renewal but Not Pluripotency." Cell Rep 19(4):671-679 (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.04.001 .Application: RNA-Seq.
04 Goudarzi, R et al. "Effects of Arthrocen, an avocado/soy unsaponifiables agent, on inflammatory mediators and gene expression in human chondrocytes." FEBS Open Bio 7(2):187-194 (2017). DOI: 10.1002/2211-5463.12176. Application: RNA-Seq.
05 Taylor, J.F. et al. "In Vitro Effects of Arthrocen, an Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables Agent, on Inflammation and Global Gene expression in Human Monocytes." IJC 9(4):31-39 (2017). DOI: 10.5539/ijc.v9n4p31. Application: RNA-Seq.
06 Alam, S.B. and Rochon, D. "Cucumber Necrosis Virus Recruits Cellular Heat Shock Protein 70 Homologs at Several Stages of Infection." J Virol 90 (7):3302-3317 (2016). DOI: 10.1128/JVI.02833-15. PubMed: 26719261. Application: RNA-Seq.
07 Ghoshala, K et al. "Encapsidation of Host RNAs by Cucumber Necrosis Virus Coat Protein during both Agroinfiltration and Infection." J Virol 89(21):10748-61 (2015). DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01466-15. PubMed: 26269190. Application: Next Generation Sequencing.
08 Nakamura, S et al. "Novel roles for LIX1L in promoting cancer cell proliferation through ROS1-mediated LIX1L phosphorylation." Sci Rep 5:13474: (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep13474. PubMed: 26310847. Application: Next Generation Sequencing.