Qubit dsDNA Broad Range Assay

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Quantify DNA samples that will be sent out for sequencing.

Qubit Assays produce more accurate and precise results than measurement by NanoDrop spectrophotometer. However, the materials required for the Qubit Assay are limited. Thus, we only perform this assay on samples slated for sequencing (which must match the concentration requirements described by the sequencing companies).


  • Qubit Fluorometer
  • Qubit dsDNA Broad Range (BR) Assay Kit (Catalog #Q32850)
    • Buffer & Reagent / Dye
    • 2 standards
  • Qubit Assay Tubes, 500ct. (Catalog #Q32856)

Location & Storage:

  • Fluorometer: on the bench next to the plate imager
  • Buffer & Reagent: in a paper box inside the plant cabinet. Both must be stored at room temperature; reagent must be stored in the dark.
  • Standards: in a plastic Invitrogen Qubit BR Assay bag in the 4C fridge (behind the chemicals box containing Ethidium Bromide, etc). Must be stored at 4C?
  • Qubit Assay Tubes: autoclaved; in tinfoil-covered glass beakers inside the plant cabinet.

Assay Setup

Based on the number of samples you wish to quantify, determine master mix (buffer + reagent) volume. Use the Qubit Fluorometer’s Reagent Calculator (located at the bottom of the screen display) to calculate volume:

  • Enter the number of samples
  • Always include 2 standards, unless you’ve already run standards that same day
  • Include “overage” (to ensure there is enough for loading)

Set up & label Qubit Assay tubes for your samples + 2 standards.

Make the master mix.

  • Depending on the volume required, I use either a 1.5ml microcentrifuge tube or a 15ml falcon tube
  • Vortex briefly to mix

Pipette the master mix into the assay tubes:

  • 190ul / standard tube
  • 198ul / sample tube

Pipette the DNA into the correct assay tubes:

  • 10ul / standard tube (Standard #1 & Standard #2)
  • 2ul / sample tube

Vortex each sample for 2-3 seconds & incubate at room temperature for 2 minutes.

Qubit Fluorometer Quantification

From the Home screen, choose dsDNA assay, then Broad Range. Select “Run Standards”, then load Standard #1 & measure. Repeat for Standard #2.

Next, measure your samples. Enter the correct volume of sample added to the assay tube (usually 2ul), then load & quantify samples one by one.


Dispose of the used assay tubes & unplug the Qubit fluorometer.