Construction of BIBAC and BAC libraries from a variety of organisms for advanced genomics research. Academic Article uri icon


  • Large-insert BAC (bacterial artificial chromosome) and BIBAC (binary BAC) libraries are essential for modern genomics research for all organisms. We helped pioneer the BAC and BIBAC technologies, and by using them we have constructed hundreds of BAC and BIBAC libraries for different species of plants, animals, marine animals, insects, algae and microbes. These libraries have been used globally for different aspects of genomics research. Here we describe the procedure with the latest improvements that we have made and used for construction of BIBAC libraries. The procedure includes the preparation of BIBAC vectors, the preparation of clonable fragments of the desired size from the source DNA, the construction and transformation of BIBACs and, finally, the characterization and assembly of BIBAC libraries. We also specify the modifications necessary for construction of BAC libraries using the protocol. The entire protocol takes 7 d.

published proceedings

  • Nat Protoc

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, H., Scheuring, C. F., Zhang, M., Zhang, Y., Wu, C., Dong, J. J., & Li, Y.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Hong-Bin||Scheuring, Chantel F||Zhang, Meiping||Zhang, Yang||Wu, Cheng-Cang||Dong, Jennifer J||Li, Yaning

publication date

  • January 2012