On Monday, October 8, 2018, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology in Dummerstorf, Germany, invite to an international workshop on Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS). The workshop will be organised by the Institute of Genome Biology under the direction of Professor Dr. Christa Kühn. Around 75 participants from MV and scientists working and researching with the innovative technology worldwide are expected to attend.
"The aim of our Next Generation Sequencing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (NGS-MV) initiative, which was launched in 2013, is to identify existing resources for this technology, which will have a major influence on biomedical research in the future, to benefit from mutual experience and to initiate cooperation in the state," emphasised Prof. Dr. Christa Kühn (photo). The initiative is based on projects that are already being carried out at universities and research institutions in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
In recent years, new high-throughput sequencing methods have been developed, which are summarized under the term "Next-Generation Sequencing" (NGS). The introduction of NGS technology allows a cost-efficient investigation of DNA material in a comparatively short time with regard to molecular biological alterations, genetic mutations or activities. In addition, NGS opens up new approaches to virological, microbiological or pathological diagnostics in human and veterinary medicine. However, while the costs for NGS-sequenced analyses have fallen continuously over the last few years, the requirements for effective and interdisciplinary data evaluation have risen sharply.
"The enormous complexity of NGS technology will increasingly require the interaction of a number of disciplines such as genetics, bioinformatics, microbiology or systems biology, which are already established in the country. The workshop is intended to be another exchange of experiences from the different disciplines and the identification of horizons for new research approaches will make it possible," said the molecular biologist.
At the Institute of Genome Biology, researchers from various areas of the life are investigating the molecular and genetic basis of the expression and inheritance of animal health traits and resource efficiency. Using NGS technology, scientists at the Dummerstorf Institute were able to discover previously unknown genes in cattle and contribute to the decoding of the genetic material of aquaculture fish. In addition, they are using this technology to participate in a major worldwide initiative for the functional elucidation of farm animal genomes, for which more than 400 researchers from more than 45 countries have joined forces. The attractiveness of the NGS know-how available at FBN is also underlined by the great interest of scientists from abroad in research stays and cooperation on this technology.
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Photo: Joachim Kloock
Prof. Christa Kühn wants to network the resources of the innovative NGS technology in MV even better.
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf
Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus Wimmers
T +49 38208-68 600
Institute of Genome Biology
Head: Prof. Dr. Christa Kühn
T +49 38208-68 709
Scientific Organisation: Dr. Norbert K. Borowy
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf
T +49 38208-68 605