Tailormix PhiX

TailorMix Dual Indexed PhiX Control Library

$149.00 $129.00

Barcoded PhiX control library for high quality NGS without PhiX contamination.

SKU: TM502 Category:

Product Description

SeqMatic’s TailorMix dual indexed PhiX control library is a prepared adapter ligated library used as a control for Illumina sequencing instruments. Our custom indexed library eliminates PhiX contamination in multiplexed sequencing runs, enabling the generation of cleaner raw data and the option to analyze the PhiX reads for quality control purposes. Each tube contains 200uL of single stranded library at a concentration of 20pM, ready for spike in.


Positive Control Library for Illumina NGS

  • Compatible with most Illumina NGS systems including HiSeq 2500, MiSeq, and NextSeq
  • Can be used in place PhiX V3

High Flexibility

  • Positive control library used to monitor instrument error rates and read quality
  • High diversity library can be used to supplement low nucleotide diversity sequencing runs

Unique dual index barcodes

  • Custom designed index sequence
  • Compatible with all SeqMatic and Illumina sample prep kits

Easy to use

  • Supplied as a single stranded 20pM stock
  • Library ready for immediate spike in

Recommended For:

  • 16S amplicon sequencing
  • Single PCR amplicon sequencing
  • Viral genome sequencing
  • Low diversity libraries
  • Highly multiplexed pools
  • Single sample runs
  • Unindexed libraries


Sample Data:

PhiX Data

Figure 1: Percentage of sequencing reads mapping to the PhiX 174 genome using Indexed PhiX compared against Illumina PhiX V3.


Customer Testimonials:

“PhiX contamination in our data used to be a significant issue given that we were sequencing viral DNA extracted from patient biopsies.  We no longer see PhiX contamination with your product, which ultimately streamlines our data processing and gives us additional piece-of-mind regarding the validity of our data.”

Eric Sherman
University of Pennsylvania


“My lab was noticing large amounts of bleed-through of Illumina’s PhiX v3 into our indexed samples. Seqmatic’s Indexed PhiX dramatically reduces this bleed-through and allows us to estimate our incidence of sequencing crossover contamination.”

Customer C.F.
San Francisco, CA


Citations & References:

Shechner, David M., et al. “Multiplexable, locus-specific targeting of long RNAs with CRISPR-Display.Nature methods 12.7 (2015): 664-670.


User Guide:

User Guide (PDF): Updated December 2016
Flyer Ad (PDF): Updated October 2015


Sample Sheet Setup

The TailorMix Indexed PhiX control library contains dual indexed barcodes which can be demultiplexed with all Illumina compatible demultiplexing software.

Sample sheet modifications are not necessary for most applications. The PhiX reads will be parsed into a folder named Unknown or Undetermined along with any other reads with index sequences not defined in your sample sheet.

For individual downstream analysis of the Indexed PhiX library, your sample sheet can be modified to parse the PhiX reads into its own individual set of files. Simply add a new line to your sample sheet file containing the sequences below as your index barcodes. For single index read sequencing runs, only use the i7 Index 1 barcode sequence. The sequence length may also be adjusted as necessary to match the length of the index read.

i7 Index 1 barcode: TCGAATGA(TCTC)
i5 Index 2 barcode: GACATGCG

Input Recommendations

Library Type Input Recommendation
  • TruSeq DNA or RNA
  • Nextera or ScriptSeq
  • TailorMix DNA or RNA
1% of final loading concentration
  • TruSeq Small RNA
  • TailorMix miRNA
5-10% of final loading concentration
  • PCR Amplicons (e.g. 16S, ITS, etc.)
15-25% of final loading concentration
  • Control Lane
  • PhiX Only Run
100% of final loading concentration


Storage Recommendations

An unopened tube of Indexed PhiX should be stable at -20°C for six months. If you plan on using the product for many freeze/thaw cycles, we advise aliquotting the PhiX into smaller tubes and storing them at -20°C. Tubes that are in use can be stable for up to one month if kept on ice at all times during use and stored at -20°C when not in use.