The West German Genome Center (WGGC) is one of four national Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Competence Centers funded by the DFG, the national research council. The WGGC takes a leading role in harmonizing standards to serve the scientific community by providing NGS services. The WGGC is a collaborative network of universities and institutes located in the west of Germany and activities started in January 2019. The WGGC has three production sites where sequencing is performed, located in Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf and counts on additional expertise on NGS technologies from the universities in Aachen, Duisburg/ Essen, Saarbrücken as well as the DZNE, BfARM and MPIPZ. Centralized NGS services are complemented with existing decentralized NGSand bioinformatics expertise of the WGGC partners. Such expertise covers most aspects of NGS research, encompassing capabilities in human and medical genetics as well as oncoand plant genomics.
The toolbox has been developed through funding from the EJP RD project.
The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases is an initiative that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°825575
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