We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC is using the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure in the context of detection and characterisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). JRC's NGS bioinformatics infrastructure has the capacity to store, manage and analyse the large quantity of data produced by the sequencer, which corresponds to some terabytes of hard disk space and has a transferring speed of up to 10 Gigabit/sec.
Next Generation Sequencing technology (NGS) in general allows scientists to produce genome sequences from plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and humans, while reducing significantly the time and cost required for sequencing experiments, and providing up to hundreds of gigabytes of high quantity data per experiment.
It is perfectly suitable for a range of research fields, such as method verification for genetic testing, microbe identification or species identification in food or feed.