NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche subsidiary 454 Life Sciences said today that the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has purchased a Genome Sequencer FLX System that it will use to sequence the genome of the Bonobo, a great ape that is closely related to humans.
The instrument is the institute’s second GS FLX. It previously purchased a GS 20 in August 2006 and upgraded to a GS FLX earlier this year. The second instrument gives the institute a sequencing capacity of 400 million bases per day on the 454 platform.
The instruments will be based in the lab of Svante Pääbo, director of the department of evolutionary anthropology at the MPI.
Pääbo’s group has already used the 454 platform to sequence the genome of the Neanderthal, and will now use the second instrument to sequence the Bonobo, which is expected to help researchers study the evolution of the Chimpanzee genome.
"The Bonobo genome, in conjunction with our Neanderthal sequencing effort, will give us an unprecedented view of human and chimpanzee evolution,” Pääbo said in a statement.