Welcome at the Max-Planck-Genome-Centre Cologne

The Max Planck-Genome-Centre Cologne (MP-GC) is a core facility performing next generation sequencing (NGS). It is open for scientists of institutes and departments within the Max Planck Society which contribute to MP-GC by financial support. We provide sequencing service for different NGS technologies (short-read sequencing with Illumina sequencing technology and long-read sequencing with Pacific Biosciences and Oxford Nanopore sequencing technology).

A major distinguishing feature of the MP-GC from commercial sequencing providers is the flexible planning and processing of sequencing projects according to the scientist’s specific requirements. Our services cover standard or high molecular weight DNA extractions, RNA extractions, sample and library quality checks, material clean-up, library preparation, sequencing and data analysis for individual NGS projects. Furthermore, we perform development of non-standard methods and work with all kinds of critical and low scale input material. Due to individual barcoding of each sample, we are able to offer very flexible sequencing conditions. Additionally, we provide bioinformatic analysis such as differential gene expression analysis or genome assemblies.

The spectrum of library preparation covers whole genome amplification (WGA) libraries, transposase-based libraries, amplicon generation and preparation of sequencing libraries, exome enrichment libraries, directional RNA sequencing and small RNA libraries, methylome or bisulfite libraries, and ChIP libraries for short-read sequencing. We also offer single cell sequencing with several pipelines e.g. from 10x Genomics, partly in combination with cell sorting. For long-read sequencing we offer (1) standard size-selected long-read, (2) high fidelity (HiFi) or (3) ultralow libraries for DNA and (tailored or standard) full-length cDNA sequencing for RNA with PacBio and ultralong DNA sequencing with Oxford Nanopore.

Please follow the links below to find out what we can do for you:
(Please note: The link “Services” contains restricted contents and is therefore only visible and accessible for registered Max Planck Institutes. In case of questions, please contact us.)


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