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GenomePlex® Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) Kit

Kit for whole genome amplification from a variety of DNA sources including FFPE tissue


Quality Level


whole genome amplification: suitable

shipped in

wet ice

storage temp.


General description

WGA is suitable for use with genomic DNA, whole blood, buffy coats, buccal swabs, and cultured cells. Amplification requires only a small amount of starting material (1 μL blood, single cheek swab, or 10 ng of gDNA), which after PCR produces a yield of 5 - 10 μg per reaction. The amplified DNA can be purified and stored or used for downstream analyses including ABI′s TaqMan® assays, microsatellite analysis, or sequencing. GenomePlex gives a complete representation of the entire genome with no detectable allele bias.

GenomePlex Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) Kit utilizes a proprietary technology based on random fragmentation of genomic DNA and conversion of the resulting small fragments to PCR-amplifiable library molecules flanked by universal priming sites. WGA is achieved by PCR amplification of the library molecules using universal oligonucleotide primers.


GenomePlex® Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) Kit has been used to amplify input and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) DNA.

Features and Benefits

  • Starting material: 10 ng
  • Expected yield: 5 - 10 μg
  • Time required: ~3 hours
  • Universal primers
  • Whole genome representation with no detectable bias
  • Increased accuracy in amplification produces no amplicon in the negative control reactions
  • Choose from a variety of DNA sources: whole blood, buccal swab, blood card, plant, soil, & formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue (FFPE)

Other Notes

The sequences of the universal primers provided in this kit are considered proprietary.

Legal Information

Use of this product is covered by one or more of the following US patents and corresponding patent claims outside the US: 5,789,224, 5,618,711, 6,127,155 and claims outside the US corresponding to expired US Patent No. 5,079,352. The purchase of this product includes a limited, non-transferable immunity from suit under the foregoing patent claims for using only this amount of product for the purchaser′s own internal research. No right under any other patent claim, no right to perform any patented method, and no right to perform commercial services of any kind, including without limitation reporting the results of purchaser′s activities for a fee or other commercial consideration, is conveyed expressly, by implication, or by estoppel. This product is for research use only. Diagnostic uses under Roche patents require a separate license from Roche. Further information on purchasing licenses may be obtained by contacting the Director of Licensing, Applied Biosystems, 850 Lincoln Centre Drive, Foster City, California 94404, USA.
GenomePlex is a registered trademark of Takara Bio USA, Inc.
TaqMan is a registered trademark of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Kit Components Also Available Separately

Product No.

  • W4502Water, Nuclease-Free Water, for Molecular Biology

Storage Class Code

10 - Combustible liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

  1. What is the major difference between WGA1 and WGA2?

    Functionally WGA1 and WGA2 are identical. The only difference between the two kits is that WGA2 is supplied with the WGA polymerase.

  2. If starting with fragmented DNA, what is the smallest size fragment which can be successfully amplified with WGA1, GenomePlex® Amplification Kit, and do I still need to do the fragmentation step?

    The kit works best for fragments 400 bp and larger. When starting with fragmented DNA, we recommend: (1) skipping the fragmentation heat step, although the buffer should be added, and (2) increasing the PCR cycles from 14 to 20.  

  3. Can I use WGA1, GenomePlex® Amplification Kit to amplify DNA from a single cell?

    Using this kit to amplify DNA from a single cell is not recommended.  We recommend using the GenomePlex Single Cell WGA Kit (WGA4) for such application.  WGA4 was developed for use with single cells and includes an optimized cell lysis protocol which has been incorporated into the fragmentation step.

  4. Can I amplify single stranded DNA with Product WGA, GenomePlex® Amplification Kit?

    When starting with single stranded starting materials, we recommend (1) skipping the fragmentation heat step, although the buffer should be added and (2) increasing the PCR cycles from 14 to 20.  Note that if the ssDNA is actually cDNA from polyadenylated RNA, the kit will likely not give good representation of the input material, as the poly(T) ends constitute a large, non-random fraction.  

  5. Is the WGA1 GenomePlex®  Amplicification Kit polymerase compatible with TA cloning?

    WGA polymerase is compatible with TA cloning with the following alteration to the PCR step: Be sure to include a 7 to 30 minute extension at 72°C after the last cycle to ensure that all PCR products are full length and 3´ adenylated.

  6. What is the major difference between WGA1 and WGA2 kits?

    Functionally, WGA1 and WGA2 kits are identical. The only difference between the two kits is that WGA2 is supplied with the WGA polymerase.

  7. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  8. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

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    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

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