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Biological sequencing capacity set to rise

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany’s largest public research funder, will spend €42 million on improving high-frequency sequencing of biological material at universities.

The funding is part of a DFG push to modernise Germany’s research infrastructure in the life sciences.  /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} The DFG said in a statement on 6 July that the country’s high-frequency sequencing capacity is not sufficient for the field to remain internationally competitive.

“This initiative is meant to cover the urgent need of capacity, especially outside medical research, and sow the seed for an expansion of the national sequencing infrastructure,” said Katja Becker, vice-president of the DFG. High-frequency sequencing enables large amounts of DNA, proteins and other biological material to be analysed in a short period of time.

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