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Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing

Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing

What is Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing?

Microbial whole-genome sequencing is a critical approach for sequencing the entire microbial genomes, as well as for comparing multiple genomes to map genomes of new organisms. Sequencing entire bacterial, viral, or other microbial genomes is important for the generation of accurate reference genomes, microbial identification, and other comparative genomic studies.

Compared with conventional approaches like PCR, whole-genome sequencing does not require labor-intensive cloning and mapping steps, hence time and cost-effective. Moreover, this high-throughput sequencing approach allows the sequencing of numerous samples at the same time through the courtesy of multiplexing.

Applications of Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing


  • Permits the detection of variations within target genome
  • Interpretation of character differences
  • Allows large-scale evolution research
  • Enables pre-requisite study of novel species identification

Benefits of Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing

  • Extensive experience: We have successfully completed high-profile projects which cover a wide range of fields such as pathogenic bacteria, probiotics, edible bacteria, medicinal strains, and industrial strains.
  • Professional services: From material selection, library construction, and sequencing to data analysis, each step provides scientific and meticulous design to ensure high-quality research results.
  • Comprehensive analysis: Detection of SNP, InDel, SV and other mutation information of strain reference genomes, and further research on species evolution, population characteristics, selection pressure, etc. One-stop analysis of variation and difference.
  • Strict quality control: High-quality of the sequencing data is ensured by verifying the samples.
  • High-quality library preparation: To ensure the quality of the data, all libraries are size selected to optimize the size of the insert.

mWGS Specifications: DNA Sample Requirements

Library Type Sample Type Amount (Qubit) Volume Concentration Purity (NanoDropTM/
Agarose Gel)
Microbial whole genome library (350bp) Genomic DNA ≥200ng ≥20μL ≥10ng/μL OD260/280=1.8~2.0;
no degradation,
no contamination
Microbial whole genome library (PCR-free 350bp) Genomic DNA ≥1μg ≥20μL ≥10ng/μL

mWGS Specifications: Sequencing Parameters and Analysis Contents

Platform Type Illumina NovaSeq 6000
Read Length Paired-end 150 bp
Recommended Sequencing Depth ≥ 100x for bacterial genomes
≥ 50x for fungal genomes
Standard Data Analysis

Novogene Workflow of Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing Service


The first step of the project workflow involves the sample quality control (Sample QC) to ensure that your samples meet the criteria of the Microbial WGS technique. Then, the appropriate library is prepared according to your target organism and subsequently tested for its quality (Library QC). Next, a paired-end 150 bp sequencing strategy is used to sequence the samples and the resulting data go through quality data control (Data QC) to guarantee the quality of the resulting data. Finally, bioinformatic analyses are performed and publication-ready results are provided. The following flowsheet describes the step-by-step protocol our Microbial WGS technique follows.


Preparation of sample is followed by the DNA library preparation which is verified for quality and yield. Biorupter fragments the genomic DNA to a size of 350bp which is narrowly size selected by sample purification beads. The selected fragments are then end polished, A-tailed, and ligated with the full-length adapter. Illumina PE150 technology is employed to sequence the sample and the final stage involves the bioinformatics analysis.


Featured Publications of Microbial Whole Genome Sequencing

SNP Mutation Frequency

Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) refers to a variation in a single nucleotide that can occur at some specific position in the genome, including transition and transversion of a single nucleotide.

Taken the T: A>C: G mutations as an example, this category includes mutations from T to C and A to G. When T>C mutation appears on either of the double-strand, the A>G mutation will be found in the same position of the other chain. Therefore the T>C and A>G mutations are classified into one category. Accordingly, the whole genome SNP mutations could be classified into six categories. The frequency of each type is shown in Figure X.

The x-axis represents the number of SNPs and the y-axis indicates the mutation types.

Length Distribution of CDS-located InDels

InDel refers to the insertion or deletion of ≤ 50 bp sequences in the DNA. The results demonstrate several peaks present at certain InDel lengths. Non-frameshift InDels exert a smaller effect on the genome as compared to frameshift InDels.


The x-axis represents the proportion of the InDels with a certain length, and the y-axis indicates the length of the InDels.

Length Distribution of SVs

Structural variants (SVs) are genomic variations with mutations of relatively larger size (>50 bp), including deletions, duplications, insertions, inversions, and balanced translocations.

The x-axis represents the proportion of the SVs with a certain length range, and the y-axis indicates the certain length range of the SVs. Note, the length of DNA insert in library construction impacts the SVs detection greatly.

The distribution of CNVs on the genome

Copy-number variation (CNV) is a type of structural variation that happens when a DNA fragment is present in variable copy number in comparison to a reference genome. It pinpoints the deletions and duplications in the genome.

The x-axis represents samples and the y-axis indicates the number of CNVs in a different region.

Visualization of Variation

For proper visualization of the structural variations in the whole genome, we present mutation types with Circos:
(1) for SNP/InDel type, the density distribution is drawn;
(2) for SV/CNV type, the location and size are drawn.

Note :
From outer to inner: chromosome, SNP, InDel, CNV duplication, CNV deletion, SV insertion, SV deletion, SV invertion, SV ITX, SV CTX.

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