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How to Ship Samples


Samples can arrive in strip-tubes, microcentrifuge tubes or other properly sealed tube. We ask that the tubes be wrapped in Paraffin to prevent any lids opening and evaporation.

Small tubes, such as PCR tubes, have arrived crushed in the mail. If you are sending small tubes, please secure them in something larger - either place them in a 50mL conical tube, or some sort of rack, to prevent damage from the shipping and handling.


Clearly label your samples. If samples are in strip-tubes, mark the correct orientation by placing an "A1" or "1" to show which is the first sample in the strip. If samples are in a plate, make sure the plate is marked so we know typical A1-H12 orientation was followed.

If sending primers, makes sure the primer concentration is clear. We can dilute primers to the correct concentration if we know what the concentration is for the primer sent to our lab.


DNA can be shipped at room temperature (ambient) if the samples will arrive within a day or two. If delays are expected, please pack with ice packs to prevent the samples from getting too hot.

RNA needs to be kept frozen. Overnight shipping in dry ice is preferred, however, if you are certain your samples are not contaminated with RNAses, shipping on ice is an option.



To mail samples to the MRCF for sequencing or other analysis, please ship to:

Idaho State University
Molecular Research Core Facility
Gale Life Sciences Building
650 Memorial Drive Mail Stop 8007
Pocatello, ID 83209-8007


Please email an electronic copy of your Job Request Form to and include a hardcopy of the form along with the shipped samples.


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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