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15.03.2018

Internal partnership under civil law between TU Dresden and MPI-CBG enables the use of research synergies

The signatures of the Rector of TU Dresden and the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) made the internal partnership under civil law (German: BGB-Innengesellschaft) for the joint creation and operation of the DRESDEN-concept Genome Center (DCGC) official. This internal partnership represents a novel form of cooperation in the German research community, enabling the synergetic use of complex and expensive research infrastructure.

Established in 2013, the DCGC is an amalgamation of TU Dresden and MPI-CBG employees, bundling the Dresden-based expertise in the field of gene sequencing. This association guarantees that genome analysis processes and methods are made available to as many scientists as possible within the DRESDEN-concept research alliance.

The DCGC is located in the CRTD and is comprised of four methodological areas: DNA sequencing with an emphasis on Next Generation Sequencing (long and short read technologies), gene expression profiling, single-cell analyses and DNA recombineering. A core scientific goal is the creation and primarily the further development of different Next Generation Sequencing technologies. The main focus is the "Single Molecule Real Time" (SMRT) sequencing method that enables both the decoding of hitherto unknown genomes and the facilitation of clinical genetics studies, which are dependent on such high-precision sequencing methods.

DRESDEN-concept press release

DFG press release

Picture: Recently published in the scientific journal "Nature": the genomes of the Mexican salamander axolotl and the flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea were recently completely sequenced for the first time by scientists of the DCGC in Dresden. © CRTD