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Mutation Generation & Detection

The Mutation Generation & Detection (MGD) Core Facility supports researchers by securing, developing, and optimizing the latest DNA nuclease technologies, reagents, and protocols for targeted genome modification. Currently, the MGD core specializes in providing customized CRISPR reagents for gene editing in multiple model systems, including but not limited to M. musculus, D. rerio, D. melanogaster, C. elegans, S. cerevisiae and mammalian cell lines. Beyond reagent production, the MGD Core collaborates with other University of Utah core facilities to generate genetically modified mouse models and cell lines. The MGD Cores also provides custom genotyping services including High Resolution Melt Analysis (HRMA), CRISPR validation services, homology directed repair donor template synthesis, custom cloning services and targeted sequencing services.

Service Rates

Synthetic CRISPR guide RNA (sgRNA)

1 sgRNA$198 $305$396
2 sgRNAs$189$291$378
3-4 sgRNAs$165$254$330
5-6 sgRNAs$160$246$320
7-8 sgRNAs$155$239$310
9+ sgRNAs $145$223$290
Control sgRNA$64$99$128
Cas9 protein100 µg$233$359$466
Listed prices are per sgRNA (1.5 nmol modified single piece sgRNA). Price includes CRISPR design with thorough in silico on-target and off-target analyses. 

Custom CRISPR expression constructs

1 construct$274$422$548
2 constructs$264$407$527
3-4 constructs$254$391$508
5-6 constructs$233$359$466
7-8 constructs$213$328$426
9+ constructs$176$271$352
Control construct$52$80$105
Listed prices are per plasmid construct. Price includes design of CRISPR target site and cloning of custom expression vector. The expression system, CRISPR application and selection method are all customizable.  

Genotyping Services

PCR Genotyping Optimization Service (1 site)$160$246$320
PCR Genotyping Optimization Service (2 sites)$215$331$430
PCR Genotyping Service (≤12 samples)$92$142$184
PCR Genotyping Service (per sample after 12)$2.48$3.82$4.96
PCR+RE Genotyping Service (≤12 samples)$162$249$324
PCR +RE Genotyping Service (per sample after 12)$4.22$6.50$844
PCR Genotyping Long Range Service (≤12 samples)$115$177$230
PCR Genotyping Long Range Service (per sample after 12)$2.56$3.94$5.12
HRMA Genotyping Optimization Service (1 site)$147$226$294
HRMA Genotyping Optimization Service (2 sites)$190$293$380
HRMA Genotyping Service (≤12 samples)$60$92$120
HRMA Genotyping Service (per sample after 12)$1.62$2.49$3.24
To submit a genotyping request please email a completed submission form.

HRMA Reagents

HRMA PCR plates (10 pack)$66NANA
HRMA PCR sealing film (10 pack)$22NANA
HRMA Master Mix 100 rxns$79NANA
HRMA MasterMix 500 rxns$395NANA
Mineral Oil (500ml bottle)$65NANA
Please order HRMA reagents via the core resource site and a member of the MGD core will email to coordinate a pickup from EIHG 7470.

Maxiprep Service

1 maxiprep$102$157$204
2 maxipreps$98$151$196
3-4 Plasmid Maxiprep Service       $95$146$190
5+ Plasmid Maxiprep Service        $87$134$174
Please email the core to request maxiprep service and drop of plasmids or bacterial plates in EIHG 7470. The core has stocks of many general plasmids (i.e. viral packaging constructs). 

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Existing users may login directly to the Resource Scheduling System to schedule or order services. This system is cores-wide and uses University of Utah uNID authentication.

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Hours of Operation

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

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Citing Our Facility


We would like to thank you for acknowledging the our facility. This recognition allows us to highlight the impact of your work and demonstrates the important contributions of our facility makes to research across the University of Utah. The recognition our core receives from your acknowledgments also aids in receiving grants and further funding for equipment and services we can provide to our users.

Self-Run Services / Instrumentation Usage:

In published papers that used instruments at our facility and notably involved staff members please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert any notable staff member – if desired) for their assistance.

Assisted Services:

In published papers where a staff member assisted you in addition to the requested services please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert staff member-required) for their assistance in (service provided).


For publications resulting from collaborations that assisted with the methodologies, planning process and execution of your experiment in addition to equipment usage we require Co-author attribution on your publication for our facility and any staff members who provided substantial contributions to the originating project.