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Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology to Install PacBio RS


The Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, which is part of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany, has purchased a PacBio RS single-molecule sequencer from Pacific Biosciences, the institute said this week.

The sequencer will be installed at BIMSB in early September, complementing other next-generation sequencing technologies housed in its Scientific Genomics Platform. Currently, the institute has two Illumina HiSeq 2000, two Illumina GAIIx, one 454 GS FLX, and two Life Technologies SOLiD instruments.

BIMSB plans to use the PacBio RS to study gene regulation, RNA function, epigenetics, and genome structure.

The institute was launched by the Max Delbrück Center in 2008 with start-up funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the senate of Berlin.