University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Fee Structure

Classical Cytogenetics
Classical chromosome study  
human non-tumor $500
non-human primate $600
human tumor $1000
rodent or other animal $1000
Cell culture and chromosome study  
human non-tumor $800
non-human primate $900
human tumor $1300
rodent or other animal $1300
Special stains, each (in addition to chromosome study) $100
Chromosome harvesting, slidemaking, and banding without analysis $300
AQA Testing
Cell line authentication (DNA fingerprinting by STR)  
1-10 samples $150 each
11+ samples $125 each
Cell line authentication (Karyotyping)
original cell line $1000
later passages of the same cell line $500
Species identification on G-banded metaphases without karyotyping $300
Mycoplasma testing of a cell culture $150
(two methods, along with both positive and negative controls)
Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)
Chromosome or interphase nucleus preparation for in situ hybridization $200
DNA probe acquisition and preparation (BAC purchase, culture, and DNA extraction) $300
DNA probe labeling prior to hybridization (~1 µg) $75
Control probe fee $75
Interphase or chromosomal in situ hybridization, each probe $150
Analysis fee for in situ hybridization $300
Assessment of Chromosomal Instability
Aneuploidy Assessment: counting chromosome number in 50 cells (solid stain) $750
Frequency of PCC (100 cells) $250
Breakage/Aberration analysis (specimen plus control, solid stain; 200 cells each) $2000
Miscellaneous Procedures
Primary cell culture $450
EBV transformation  
one blood specimen $150
two or more blood specimens $125
Cell line distribution $500