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Explain Podast: Special Episode 3 is out now! February 9, 2024

In this Explain Podcast special episode we explore the PhiX bacteriophage and its role in sequencing the first DNA-based genome, as well as unique molecular modifiers and something sequencing definitely always needs: quality control.
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New Funding for WGGC January 25, 2024

The West German Genome Center (WGGC) will be funded by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen in 2024-2025. The WGGC was founded in 2019 as a joint competence center for state-of-the-art genome sequencing between the Universität zu Köln, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf while also working closely with other partners such as the Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE) in Bonn. ...
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Explain episode 4 is out! September 25, 2023

In this Explain Podcast episode explore with us Iontorrent sequencing – how this technique works? Is it still used and where? Which ions are we talking about and where they come from? and more…
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Exciting Update on Genomic Benchmarking! September 15, 2023

Exciting news from our WGGC experts! The small variant calling benchmarking initiative by the NGS-CN and the GHGA is out and waiting for scientific feedback. Publication Link: https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.140344.1 Publication Highlights: Introduction of NCBench: A state-of-the-art, continuous benchmarking platform designed for the comprehensive evaluation of small genomic variant callsets. It looks into recall, precision, and false positive/negative error patterns. Revolutionary ...
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Explain episode 3 is out! August 23, 2023

In this Explain Podcast episode explore with us – polonies, base jokers….ligation! Listen to our podcast and we’re happy to receive your feedback&questions via Email (podcastde). ___The Explain Podcast is recorded at the Medienlabor at the University of Düsseldorf. Our podcast is an outreach activity within the national genomics facility “West German Genome Center” under the umbrella of ...
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Explain special episode 1 is out! August 7, 2023

In this Explain Podcast SPECIAL episode it’s time to dive into kitchen… genomics! Yes, your eyes don’t lie to you – we’ll isolate hosts DNA using household ingredients. On record. Check what you need & play along! Results are surprisingly…visible. Fun is guaranteed. Listen to our podcast and we’re happy to receive your feedback&questions via Email (podcastde). ___The Explain Podcast ...
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Explain episode 2 is out! July 17, 2023

In this Explain Podcast episode we are diving into Pyrosequencing! Daniel and Iuliia are confused about fireflies… Here some useful resources! – Scientific american on how fireflies create light:https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-and-why-do-fireflies/– A small breakdown of a typical Pyrosequencing workflow:https://www.news-medical.net/life-sciences/What-is-Pyrosequencing.aspx– Biology-pages on Pyrosequencing: https://www.biology-pages.info/P/Pyrosequencing.html– Biotechfront on Pyrosequencing:https://www.biotechfront.com/2021/04/pyrosequencing-principle-and-steps.html– Shomu’s Biology on Pyrosequencing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6kJStE2zs– Quick Biochemistry Basics explaining the method:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY8to-_zAEo– Bionity on Pyrosequencing:https://www.bionity.com/en/encyclopedia/454_Life_Sciences.html Listen to ...
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Explain episode 1 is out! June 26, 2023

Join us for the Explain Podcast debut episode “Basics – from DNA to Sanger sequencing”! Get ready to witness a podcasting adventure like no other! Iuliia takes the brave leap into the realm of learning. 📚 Joined by the ever-enthusiastic Daniel, they freestyle step-by-step from DNA to Sanger sequencing! Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or simply eager ...
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Listen to the Explain Podcast Teaser! June 9, 2023

Are you curious about the technology that largely contributes to our present & future? Look no further! The Explain Podcast TEASER is out&about! In this short preview, we offer a sneak peek into the world of the next generation sequencing. We highlight its potential to transform the way we live, work, and play. It’s the perfect ...
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NGS-CN Workshop 2023 in Tübingen -hybrid meeting March 6, 2023

Our annual NGS-CN Workshop is on the way!For those who can’t make it to the on site internal part in Tübingen, NGS-CN Workshop will have an external hybrid part (14th April) between 9:45 and 14:00 REGISTRATION is free of cost and via QR on the poster or via the link.
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BD Single-Cell Multiomics Day – Join us on 21st March in Bonn and Online! March 6, 2023

The seminar aims to provide insights into the latest technologies in scRNAseq and multiomics, which are essential to understand gene regulation and single-cell heterogeneity. The program includes an introduction to single-cell multiomics with the BD Rhapsody™ analysis system, insights from the system in real-life applications, and exploring COVID-19 at a single-cell resolution. The speakers are experts ...
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Method of the Year 2022: long-read sequencing January 13, 2023

LRS was selected as the method of the year 2022 by Nature Methods! This highlights the success of LRS in unraveling the dark regions of the human genome as part of the Telomere to Telomere (T2T) Consortium as well as for another organism. Cite this article & find out more: Method of the Year 2022: long-read sequencing. Nat Methods 20, ...
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Single Cell Omics in Clinical Applications SCOG Conference October 20, 2022

Join the Single Cell research community at this conference on November 7-9 in Bonn, with organizers and speakers from the WGGC community. More details and registration at the official conference site: https://www.singlecell.de/index.php/events/clinicalapplications/ For late and on-site registration please get in contact with Dr. Anna Drews from the local organizing team: Anna-Dorothee.Drews(at)dzne.de
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Bio Data Science Evening in Düsseldorf September 19, 2022

When: Tuesday, 11th of October | 17:00-18:00 CESTWhere: O.A.S.E. (University Hospital Düsseldorf) Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Lang will share with us “Multiple single cell sequencing methodsfor multimodal characterization of cardiovascular disease” … and afterwards we will have an amazing opportunity for a “meet & greet” networking time – till 20:00! Snacks and drinks will be provided to recharge after ...
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Annual AGD Meeting 2022: “Genomic Health and the Blockchain” September 6, 2022

The “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gen-Diagnostik e.V.” will be hosting their next annual meeting in Bonn and virtual, on October 06-07. The AGD Annual Meeting is dedicated to topics that have particular potential to improve diagnostics and therapy. This conference offers exciting talks from pioneers in blockchain health applications, great opportunity for interdisciplinary networking, and tasty food! For more ...
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NGS-CN Autumn School 2022 August 15, 2022

UPDATE: You can find here the full schedule of the online training.Last minute registration requests should be addressed to  Maximilian Krause maximilian.krause1 tu-dresden {dot} de, please note that only valid institutional email addresses can be accepted. The Next Generation Sequencing Competence Network and the SIG1 are happy to announce our Autumn School on NGS, with ...
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Nature Conference: AI, Neuroscience and Hardware: From Neural to Artificial Systems and Back Again August 9, 2022

Our partner site DZNE (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) in Bonn is hosting a Nature Conference on AI, Neuroscience and Hardware: From Neural to Artificial Systems and Back Again. Check the program and register on the conference site to learn about the fascinating ways the brain, artificial intelligence and hardware can ...
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Next Generation Sequencing Competence Network (NGS-CN) Workshop; Registration is open! May 5, 2022

This workshop is aimed at researchers from all areas of the life sciences who are interested in NGS technologies and data analysis. Young scientists are particularly welcome. The workshop includes an open Q&A session with the experts of the NGS-CN. The agenda is attached to this mail. Please use following link for registration:https://tu-dresden.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50ud-GhpzkjH9PhAOtKOM6rR1ogvrfAe2Lv For more information on ...
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DeCOI presents: Genomics Beyond COVID-19 in Germany March 9, 2022

25-26 of April 2022, Seminaris Hotel in Bad Honnef : A symposium addressing the future significance of NGS-based omics technologies. Please see here for more info & registration https://decoi.eu/decoi-presents-genomics-beyond-covid-19-in-germany/
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The 5th call of DFG for sequencing costs in projects is open! March 3, 2022

Within the current funding initiative on next generation sequencing (NGS) of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the DFG invites, in its fifth round, proposals for projects in which sequencing will be carried out at DFG-funded competence centres for next generation sequencing at the universities of Bonn/Cologne/Düsseldorf, Dresden, Kiel, and Tübingen. ...
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Cancellation of the 3rd NGS-CN workshop November 17, 2021

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic situation, we decided to cancel the 3rd NGS-CN workshop at the Dresden Concept Genome Center. We will inform you about the possible new dates. Stay healthy!
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[CANCELED] 3rd NGS-CN Workshop November 10, 2021

Update 17.11.2021 Due to the current pandemic situation the NGS-CN Workshop in Dresden is canceled. It is planned to postpone the meeting. We will inform you soon about possible new dates. Registration is open for the 3rd NGS-CN public workshop (online)! Register for free at this link.
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Job openining (maternity leave replacement) October 20, 2021

The WGGC Bonn is looking for a Scientific Officer to replace Dr. Succurro during her maternity leave. The position (100% TV-L 13) would start on December 1st 2021 or the earliest possible date afterwards. Check the details and requirements here.
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Job openings! August 3, 2021

The WGGC core facility in Düsseldorf, the Genomics and Transcriptomics Lab, has currently an opening for a *Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d) as NGS Sequencing Expert*. See the details in the job description here.
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Summer School on NGS July 9, 2021

The Next Generation Sequencing Competence Network is organizing the summer school titled “Understanding Next Generation Sequencing from molecule to output data” from September 13-15th, 2021, tailored for MSc and PhD students with planned or ongoing NGS-related projects. The summer school will cover different aspects of Next Generation Sequencing including lectures on experimental design and statistical analysis, ...
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Fourth NGS DFG call February 22, 2021

The 4th DFG call for funding of sequencing costs is out! Important facts and dates: Only scientific projects with a medium to large sized demand (€100,000 to €1 million) of sequencing costs are funded through this call Applications within this call are regular individual research grants The submission of a letter of intent is a requirement for a later ...
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The NGS webinar series December 14, 2020

The SIG1/2 “Public outreach and teaching” is happy to announce the launch of the NGS webinar series! Starting on January 7th 2021, we will regularly meet on the first Thursday of the month for a short lunch time webinar on different NGS applications. Speakers from the NGS-CN as well as invited speakers will cover a ...
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The DFG extended the NGS-CN December 11, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the DFG decided to further support NGS research in Germany and the NGS-CN is extended for two additional years. We will keep providing NGS services and expertise until the end of 2023, and there will be additional DFG sequencing calls. Stay tuned for more information on the new calls!
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Invitation to the Next Generation Sequencing Network online workshop October 26, 2020

The one-day virtual workshop will provide an overview of the latest updates and developments in the field of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) as presented by the NGS Competence Network (NGS-CN) sites. This is a good workshop for scientists on the step of “How to get started” and “who to contact” for sequencing projects. Go to the ...
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Invitation to the Annual Meeting of the AGD 2020 October 19, 2020

Bonn, December 17–18 2020 **Please note the update: the meeting will be online only** Topic: Genomics for Health Dear Members and Friends of the AGD, This year everything is different because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. It has also affected our plans for the annual meeting 2020, which will be held at a different place at a different time. It ...
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A new publication from the 1st DFG NGS call is out! July 4, 2020

Jennifer V Gerbracht et al. “CASC3 promotes transcriptome-wide activation of nonsense-mediated decay by the exon junction complex”, Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 48, Issue 15, 04 September 2020, Pages 8626–8644, https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkaa564 The NGS project funded in the 1st call and led by PI Niels Gehring published their first results on the role of CASC3 in post-transcriptional gene expression. Congratulations to all ...
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The first publication from the 1st DFG NGS call is out! June 24, 2020

Erger, F., Nörling, D., Borchert, D. et al. cfNOMe — A single assay for comprehensive epigenetic analyses of cell-free DNA. Genome Med 12, 54 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13073-020-00750-5 cfNOMe is a two-in-one method of measuring cell-free DNA cytosine methylation and nucleosome occupancy in a single assay using non-disruptive enzymatic cytosine conversion and a custom bioinformatics pipeline. This in-house developed ...
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The German COVID-19 OMICS Initiative May 10, 2020

The NGS Competence Centers launched the German COVID-19 OMICS Initiative DeCOI in collaboration with many national research institutes to use Omics technologies to tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on DeCOI. Read the Uni Bonn press release (in German).
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NGS-Call 3 submission deadline for full applications has been extended by the DFG April 2, 2020

In view of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on research activities, the DFG has extended the submission deadline for the full application for the NGS-Call 3 from 9 June 2020 to 9 September 2020. For more information see here
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In view of the preventative measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19), we have decided to postpone the WGGC 2020 News & Views Meeting scheduled for April 01, 2020 to a later date this year. March 9, 2020

We will inform you about the new date in due time. We thank you for your understanding.
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WGGC2020 Cologne – Registration open now! February 7, 2020

Join us in Cologne on April the 1st for the last of the three WGGC2020- News & Views Meetings! This event is a great opportunity to connect with the WGGC experts and to learn about the latest NGS developments that are available for your research! The program can be found here. Attendance is free of charge, registration is ...
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WGGC2020 BONN January 15, 2020

A successful start into 2020 with WGGC events in Bonn! On January 14th, more than 80 participants gathered for the WGGC2020 News&Views at the Biomedical Center BMZ in Bonn, located on top of the Venusberg, to share knowledge on the applications of NGS. After the welcome speech by Prof. Joachim L. Schultze, our Bonn site ...
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JANUARY EVENTS December 22, 2019

Registration to our January events is now open! Join us in Bonn on January 14th for the WGGC2020 News&Views meeting and attend the Webinar Workshop on the art of writing protocols. Join us in Düsseldorf on January 27th for the WGGC2020 News&Views meeting. And last but not least, Season’s Greetings from all of us at the WGGC!
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WGGC2020 NEWS&VIEWS November 8, 2019

In the first months of 2020 we will hold three “WGGC2020 News & Views” Meetings, one at each core site, to connect with the scientific community and share both the outcomes from the first year of funding and the plans for the next years. The appointments are as follow: January 14th, 2020 in Bonn, registration is ...
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THIRD CALL October 30, 2019

The 3rd DFG call for funding of sequencing costs is out! Important facts and dates: Only scientific projects with a medium to large sized demand (€100,000 to €1 million) of sequencing costs are funded through this call Applications within this call are regular individual research grants The submission of a letter of intent is a requirement for a later ...
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POTSDAM WORKSHOP October 30, 2019

On the 27th of September 2019, the SIGs of the WGGC met in Potsdam, Germany, to discuss their activities of 2019 and their plans for 2020. The WGGC SIGs workshop took place after the workshop of the Central Coordination Unit of the NGS Competence Centers, where representatives from all the four national Competence Centers (Dresden, ...
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