myBaits target capture kits provide pools of biotinylated probes plus reagents for highly efficient, scalable targeted sequencing on any NGS platform. They have been used successfully in thousands of research projects on a wide variety of genome types (e.g. animals, plants, and microbes) and DNA/RNA sources (e.g. fresh, degraded, and environmental).

Our myBaits Expert Predesigned Kits are a select collection of baitsets that have been designed through collaboration with expert researchers and Daicel Arbor scientists. From the vast body of published literature using myBaits Custom kits, our team have curated a growing collection of Community Panels whose original designers have generously agreed to make available for other researchers through Daicel Arbor Biosciences to accelerate their discovery.

We continually expand our portfolio with high-quality offerings, so check back often or contact us if there is a specific panel that you recommend we consider for our catalog.

myBaits kits can be easily integrated into your own laboratory workflow, or let us handle everything with our customizable Sequencing or Bioinformatics services. For targeted DNA sequencing projects, try our Library Prep Kit for myBaits for your prep of almost any dsDNA sample prior to myBaits capture.

myBaits kits are for research use only and are not validated for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

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To help select the correct myBaits Predesigned Kit for your project, consult the table below.

Curated collection of myBaits Custom panels from the published literatureAvailable options for:

  • Animals
  • Plants and fungi
  • Microbes and metagenomics
  • Forensics and ancient DNA
myBaits Custom Community Panels
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Expert-designed probesets suitable for many popular research applicationsAvailable options for:

  • Wheat exome
  • Phylogenetics research
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • And more
myBaits Expert Predesigned Kits
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myBaits kits are for research use only and are not validated for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.


No. myBaits hybridization capture kits have always been-- and will continue to be-- compatible with any user-provided upstream NGS library preparation system that is appropriate for a given project.

However, for your convenience, we are now offering our own powerful kit for preparing NGS libraries from most types of DNA samples, which is relevant for many myBaits hybridization capture projects. This new product (Library Preparation Kit for myBaits) is intended to be used for the preparation of NGS libraries from dsDNA samples prior to hybridization capture with myBaits.

In addition to the upstream library preparation steps, the Library Prep Kit for myBaits includes the reagents necessary for performing the post-capture amplification step of the myBaits protocol.

  • Biotinylated RNA probes, with sequences corresponding to your custom design or a predesigned catalog option
  • Hybridization and wash reagents
  • For myBaits Custom kits, optional custom probe design informatics service (= expert bioinformaticians design and filter bait sequences and provide summary report and recommendations)

You will receive enough probes and reagents for performing the stated number of individual capture reactions of your kit size (e.g., 16 reactions) according to our current protocol. Please note that there are some additional reagents and equipment you will need to supply in order to perform a myBaits capture. Please review the list of required materials in the applicable myBaits manual to make sure you have everything you need before starting your experiments.

We also offer reagents for preparing libraries from DNA samples in advance of performing the myBaits hybridization capture step. Please visit Library Prep Kit for myBaits for more information.

If you are looking to outsource your project to a full-service laboratory and bioinformatics services group, please visit our myReads NGS laboratory and bioinformatics services page for more information about our comprehensive targeted sequencing service options (library preparation, target capture, next-generation sequencing, and optional analysis).

In this context, we use the terms interchangeably. Some fields prefer one term over the other, so we use both terms.

For new myBaits Custom baitset designs, the estimated manufacturing lead time is ~3-4 weeks minimum, starting from when your order is received and you have approved the final design. In addition, please consider that if you utilize our included bait design services, we will typically be in correspondence for an additional upfront period (up to several weeks) regarding a design before manufacturing can begin. Please also remember to accommodate any additional time for your collaborators to approve the final design, if applicable.

For myBaits Expert (catalog) kits or reorders of myBaits Custom kits with designs previously manufactured by Daicel Arbor Biosciences, the estimated manufacturing lead time is up to ~1-2 weeks from the time an order is received.

All myBaits kits include a specific protocol for their use as well as almost all of the reagents required to deploy them. In the manual, you will find the complete list of required supplies (reagents and equipment) that you will need in order to perform the captures.

Please see the applicable myBaits manual for detailed protocol instructions for enriching from Standard, High-Sensitivity, Long-Insert, or other specialty target/sample types.

Hybridization capture is integrated into the overall NGS workflow immediately before sequencing on an NGS platform, such as Illumina. A fully sequenceable, barcoded/indexed NGS library (or pool of multiple libraries) is denatured, and allowed to anneal to complementary target-specific biotinylated probes/baits. These bait:library complexes are then bound to streptavidin-coated magnetic beads via the biotin on the probes, which are washed to remove non-specifically bound molecules. The remaining “enriched” library molecules are then released from the baits and amplified before sequencing.

Note! You may know the “hybridization capture” technique by another name, such as:

  • Target enrichment
  • Target capture
  • Probe capture
  • Exon capture
  • Capture sequencing / sequence capture
  • Hybridization sequencing / hyb-seq
  • Hybridization capture / hyb-cap

Specific recommendations for per-library input mass for different enrichment project types can be found in the applicable myBaits manual.

Target capture necessarily requires subjecting your libraries to a bottleneck, wherein target molecules are captured and therefore enriched, and non-target molecules are therefore removed. To have sufficient unique molecules for good sequencing coverage of your targets, successful captures DEPEND on the input of sufficiently complex libraries.
For best results, it is recommended that only amplified (non-PCR-free) NGS libraries are used for target capture. This provides multiple copies of each starting template molecule, increasing the chance of each individual molecule getting enriched. However if you need more starting material to reach the recommended amount, it is generally preferable to generate more library from fresh genomic DNA or a new batch of indexed library, rather than through extra amplification. This is because while some amplification is good, over-amplification risks reducing the observable complexity of your libraries through the uneven action of PCR bias, as some molecules will become relatively more abundant while others become rare. This is also true for manipulating your libraries after capture: amplify your post-capture libraries the minimum number of cycles necessary to reach the molarity required by your sequencing facility.

The applicable myBaits manual covers some common technical questions and troubleshooting topics at the end of each protocol. Please read through the relevant section first as it may answer your question. If you still have an issue, please contact us via email at techsupport_at_arbor.daicel.com or reach out to your most recent contact person for assistance.

When ordering your myBaits kit, please indicate the sequencing library configuration you intend to enrich. The standard adapter blocking reagent provided with the kit (Block X) is compatible with Illumina® TruSeq®-style or Nextera®-style libraries with single 6-12 bp or dual 6-12 bp indexing. These options cover the vast majority of currently available commercial library preparation systems intended for sequencing on any Illumina platform.

For different adapter configurations than those described above, we recommend ordering Custom IDT® xGen® Blocking Oligos. At a concentration of 1 μg/μL, custom adapter-blocking oligos can be used in lieu of myBaits Block X.
If you are not certain, or later decide to change your library prep kit, please contact us so we can instruct you on how to obtain the correct blocking oligos.

Yes! Our expert myReads team provides a range of in-house NGS services, including library preparation, target capture with myBaits, high-throughput sequencing, and optional bioinformatics analysis. Visit the Sequencing Services page to learn more about our comprehensive laboratory and sequencing service options!

myBaits kits are for research use only and are not validated for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

myBaits Predesigned Kits

We chose the myBaits hybridization capture platform for our project aimed at capturing antimicrobial resistance genes because of the flexibility in selecting our targets, the large capacity in the sequence target range, and the clarity and ease of use of the protocol.

Let our scientists help optimize your targeted NGS project with myBaits Predesigned kits.

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