Many biological laboratories dealing with genomic samples are facing the problem of sample tracking, both for pure laboratory management and efficiency, and for internal policies, such as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Our laboratory exploits PCR techniques and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, to perform high-throughput integration site monitoring in different clinical trials and scientific projects, based on the delivery of therapeutic genes by viral vectors integrating into the genome of target cells. We process around 1500 samples/year resulting in hundreds of millions of sequencing reads, requiring automation and posing new challenges in data storage, monitoring of sample process and computational tools for analyses. Thus we need to standardize data management and tracking systems, built on a scalable, flexible structure with an easily accessible and web based interface, what is usually called Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
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