With the Competence Centre for Genome Analysis Kiel (CCGA Kiel), the CAU has one of the four German Competence Centres for cutting-edge genome analysis. The Centre is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and specialised in high-throughput sequencing of genomes. Through the DFG funding, an ultra-fast computing server and a new “NovaSeq” sequencing device are being added to the existing equipment. With this new system, Kiel genome researchers can analyse samples four times as fast as with the previously most powerful Kiel sequencer.
At the CCGA Kiel, expertise should be built up in performing and interpreting complex genetic analyses from a wide spectrum of areas of application. This requires a broad network of experts to cover the very diverse fields of application. In addition to researchers from the CAU, therefore, scientists from 6 further institutions are involved: the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Research Center Borstel (FZB), the University of Lübeck, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (MPI EB), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, and Saarland University. Together, using their combined expertise, they advise colleagues on new research projects, and assist with the analysis of the resulting huge volumes of data.