We offer oligonucleotides containing randomized or “mixed” bases. Mixed bases are ideal for binding primers to templates that contain variability or a mixture of sequences at the binding site. They can also be used to create diversity in clone
libraries and in site-directed mutagenesis.
Two types of randomization are available—machine mixing and hand mixing, both of which can be ordered through online oligo entry tools by selecting the Mixed Base tab.
Standard machine mixing is the most popular and economical way of incorporating degenerate bases into oligo sequences. Machine-mixed bases can be inserted at any/all base sites within a sequence at no additional charge. At these wobble base positions,
the synthesizer dispenses an equal ratio of the desired bases (e.g., a mix of A:C:G:T would be allotted 25:25:25:25); however, each base could be added at slightly different percentages, so there is no guarantee that all bases will equally represented
in the full length product.
By requesting hand mixing of wobble bases, specific ratios of the desired bases can be defined (e.g., a mix of A:C:G:T could be allotted 85:5:5:5, 25:25:25:25, or any other custom ratio). Each nucleic acid is coupled at slightly different rates, and these
coupling efficiencies are taken into account when manufacturing oligos with hand-mixed degenerate bases. Please contact customer care for prices for hand-mix, because pricing varies with synthesis scale and the number of degenerate insertions.