ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard by Zymo Research

Manufacturer Zymo Research  |   Model: D6305
4.9
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5.0
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Assess bias and errors in NGS-based microbial composition profiling workflows


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Average Rating: 4.9
11 Scientists have reviewed this product

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  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Delaware



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Consistent and reliable results to validate 16S ribotyping data
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area: Microbiome research

"I am using this product as a control for various 16S ribotyping projects. This has been incredibly effective at normalizing experimental data. The community diversity results I am seeing are precisely what Zymo states it should be."

Review date: 25 Jan 2022 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2022

  • Organization: IMOMA



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Easy to use
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Used to validate a new in-house methodology to assess microbial composition in human stool samples

"Easy to use. Good as a standar to validate your techniques."

Review date: 25 Jan 2022 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2021

  • Organization: Purdue University



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Very useful.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Plant microbial community analysis

"Very easy to use, easy to find sequences online to integrate into analytical workflow. Very useful tool to evaluate success of 16S sequencing experiment! I appreciate that zymo products are carefully designed for reproducible microbiome studies."

Review date: 16 Dec 2021 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Delaware



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Improved confidence in microbiome data and the downstream analysis.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Microbiomics

"The product was easy to use, easy to calculate how to spike in to samples, and added a significant level of confidence to the microbiome data we have been analyzing."

Review date: 17 Nov 2021 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: University of California



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Useful for 16S amplicon sequencing work.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Used as a standard for 16S amplicon sequencing work

"I found this product really useful as a positive control for 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing work."

Review date: 28 Jul 2021 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2021

  • Organization: University of Hawaii at Manoa



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Great product, consistent results!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Sequencing control

"Great product, consistently works well and we include it in all our V4 16S amplicon library preps for Illumina sequencing during PCR. We typically include at least 1 Zymo mock community per plate of samples."

Review date: 16 Mar 2021 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: University of Pittsburgh



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Great for bacteria, not so much for fungi, but reliable.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Control for microbiome studies

"This product contains only two fungal strains, which is a big bummer for me, but overall is a reliable product that we count on daily in our lab."

Review date: 04 Dec 2020 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Erasmus MC



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Very recommendable to assess microbiome workflows from 'bench-to-bedside'.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Quality control during microbiome analysis

"I use the ZymoBIOMICS Microbial DNA Standard as a separate sample during my 16S rRNA gene library preparation and sequencing experiments. The DNA standard contains a known amount of eight bacterial and two fungal species genomes to assess the performance of the microbiome pipelines from the very beginning until the data analysis step. It is very straightforward to use, and I have obtained accurate and reproducible results so far. I have also used this for optimizing PCR experiments, obtaining good results as well. Just a 'heads-up' for new users: when performing taxonomic assignation of the amplicon sequence variants obtained from the DNA Standard sample, double-check your results with more than a single 16S rRNA gene database in case you are missing any of the microbial species contained in the DNA Standard. I was using the Human Oral Microbiome Database (HOMD) for assigning taxonomy and I was missing Salmonella enterica on the DNA Standard sample. I double-checked the non-assigned (NA) amplicon sequence variants using standard nucleotide blast against the nucleotide collection database from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and, indeed, they were assigned to S. enterica."

Review date: 11 Dec 2019 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: UC Berkeley



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Great mock for inferring community composition with NGS.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Next Generation Sequencing

"The community mock is always retrieved in the expected relative abundances. It provides a lot of certainty for the composition of my samples and the quality of sequencing. Examining the accuracy of the mock provides information on issues such as over- or under-representation of certain sequences and guides the subsequent filtering steps I need to take in order to accurately analyze my own samples."

Review date: 06 Jun 2019 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Caltech/ JPL



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Very useful product. We use it in each metagenome library.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Standard for metagenome library construction

"The ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard is used by my lab to assess DNA extraction bias and sequencing errors. It has almost become a 'gold standard' in our lab. I have recommended it to several colleagues and collaborators."

Review date: 05 Jun 2019 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard


  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: University of Illinois



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A pleasant experience so far. I look forward to working with them in the future.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Microbial analysis

"So far the service has been timely, knowledgable and affordable. I haven't actually received my results, but I have had a pleasant experience so far."

Review date: 05 Jun 2019 | ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard

ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard is a mixture of genomic DNA extracted from pure cultures of eight bacterial and two fungal strains. Genomic DNA from each pure culture was extracted and quantified before mixing. The GC content of the containing genomes covers a range from 15% to 85%. The microbial standard is accurately characterized and contains negligible impurities ( This standard is also ideal to help users construct and optimize workflows, e.g. controlling PCR chimera rate and noise in the library preparation of 16S rRNA gene targeted sequencing, and assessing GC bias in sequencing coverage of shotgun metagenomic sequencing.

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ZymoBIOMICS™ Microbial Community DNA Standard

Manufacturer Zymo Research

4.9 / 5.0 | 11 reviews