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Whole genome sequencing

Succeeding in your whole genome sequencing (WGS) research is paramount to improving the lives of all living things—today and well into the future. Accelerate your research with our xGen whole genome sequencing solutions.

xGen™ NGS—made to reach.


  • Curated products—selected specifically for whole genome sequencing
  • Short workflow—create a normalized library pool in under 4 hours
  • Low input, high complexity—up to 3-fold fewer duplicates from 1 ng of DNA when using the xGen DNA Library Prep Kit EZ
  • Enzymatic fragmentation—no need for specialized equipment or consumables for DNA fragmentation
  • xGen Normalase™ technology—a proprietary enzymatic method of library normalization for multiplexed sequencing
  • Automation friendly—works on a variety of platforms

What is whole genome sequencing?

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) provides comprehensive coverage over the entire mappable genome to gain information about an organism, or metagenomic DNA samples. In comparison to targeted sequencing which is often limited to a subset of genes of interest, WGS includes coverage of all coding and non-coding regions, regulatory sequences, and inter- and intra-genic portions of the genome. Then, the sequencing data are aligned to a reference genome for variant analysis, assembled into contigs for de novo genome assemblies, or used for microbial classification (in the case of metagenomic samples).

For low-throughput labs, we have a 16-reaction product solution for whole genome sequencing available that includes library prep and adapters. With this solution you will get a streamlined workflow consisting of three steps:

  1. Enzymatic preparation—DNA fragmentation, end-repair, and dA-tailing of dsDNA
  2. Adapter ligation
  3. PCR amplification

For library prep, the xGen DNA Library Prep Kit EZ uses an enzymatic fragmentation strategy to shear high-quality DNA samples. The kit employs TA ligation-based library prep, and includes an enzyme mix for fragmentation, end-repair and dA-tailing, a ligase to attach the xGen Stubby Adapter, and finally, a high-fidelity polymerase for indexing PCR. This solution offers premixed xGen UDI Primer Pairs (not included with the xGen DNA Library Prep Kit EZ) for indexing by PCR in order to generate an NGS library ready for Illumina® sequencing.

For high-throughput labs, we have a 96-reaction solution that can be used along with the xGen Normalase Module (sold separately), and includes a proprietary enzymatic library normalization kit for multiplexed sequencing. Using this method eliminates the need for individual library quantification while utilizing equal volume pooling rather than requiring different volumes for each library when making an equimolar library pool for multiplexed sequencing. Our Normalase enzymatic normalization method also results in more uniform read depth within a library pool, providing a coefficient of variation (CV) <10% when compared to methods that require individual library quantification .

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Library prep kits

Indexing primers

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xGen Normalase Module (96 rxn)

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Sequencing & analysis


Method data

Achieve balanced library pools without quantification, resulting in uniform sequencing data by using the Normalase Module


In an experiment where the xGen DNA Library Prep Kit EZ was used together with Coriell NA12878 genomic DNA (gDNA), xGen Stubby Adapter, xGen UDI primers, and Normalase, the CV was lower (6.9%) than when compared to libraries that were quantified by qPCR (18%, Figure 1). This result indicates that including the Normalase Module will provide a faster, more efficient workflow for multiplex sequencing.

In a shotgun metagenomic sequencing experiment, libraries were constructed using the xGen DNA Library EZ Kit and 1 ng of DNA derived from a mock metagenome DNA standard (ATCC, MSA-1000™) with varying GC content (30–68.8%). The kit provided comprehensive normalized coverage across distinct GC compositions and coverage uniformity (Figure 2A). The data also show that the libraries pooled using the Normalase workflow maintain a high-quality sequencing coverage across a wide range of GC targets (Figure 2B).


Figure 1. The Normalase workflow enables streamlined library balancing and pooling without the need to quantify samples while maximizng sequencing efficiency. xGen DNA library prep EZ libraries were generated with stubby adapters from 100 ng of Coriell NA12878 gDNA. Twelve library subsets were either pooled and normalized based on qPCR quantification, or pooled and normalized using the xGen Normalase Module, followed by co-sequencing to determine the percentage of reads corresponding to each sample index using MiSeq® V2 Standard 300-cycle kit (Illumina).

Figure 2. Normalized coverage, coverage uniformity (A), and strain specific normalized coverage (B). xGen DNA libraries (n = 4) were made from 1 ng inputs of ATCC MSA-1000™ DNA—an equal mass mix of 10 different bacterial strain genomes with varying GC%. Two libraries were amplified and indexed either with xGen CDI Normalase primers or IDT CDI primers. Normalase conditioned libraries were normalized to 4 nM and pooled using Normalase, while standard libraries were quantified using Qubit™ (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and pooled at 4 nM. Libraries were co-sequenced on a MiniSeq (Illumina) at 2 x 150 bp read length. Reads were subsampled to 5 M per sample. Normalase-treated libraries maintained high-quality genomic coverage across bacterial genomes with varying GC%. The ATCC MSA-1000™ DNA standard contains the following strains: 10% Bacillus cereus (ATCC 10987), 10% Bifidobacterium adolescentis (ATCC 15703), 10% Clostridium beijerinckii (ATCC 35702), 10% Deinococcus radiodurans (ATCC BAA-816), 10% Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 47077), 10% Escherichia coli (ATCC 700926), 10% Lactobacillus gasseri (ATCC 33323), 10% Rhodobacter sphaeroides (ATCC 17029), 10% Staphylococcus epidermidis (ATCC 12228), 10% Streptococcus mutans (ATCC 700610).


*RUO—For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, IDT does not intend for these products to be used in clinical applications and does not warrant their fitness or suitability for any clinical diagnostic use. Purchaser is solely responsible for all decisions regarding the use of these products and any associated regulatory or legal obligations.