Logo of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Symbolbild "News"

Making the latest sequencing methods comparable

Workshop confirms PTB´s need for action


How great is the need for metrologically assured, i.e., standardized and reliable, new methods of gene sequencing? This was the question that researchers from the PTB in Berlin asked experts from science and industry at a workshop ("Metrology Needs for Next Generation Sequencing") on September 28. The answer was clear: the need is very high. PTB sees this as a mandate to continue working intensively on these methods. 

Participants of the NGS workshop at PTB Berlin (photo credit: PTB)

"Next Generation Sequencing" (NGS) stands for a technology of nucleic acid analysis which, for example, detects pathogens by simultaneously sequencing several hundred million fragments of nucleic acid sequences. These high-throughput or parallel sequencing technologies have opened completely new dimensions in nucleic acid analysis.

For PTB, which has already developed reference measurement procedures for some pathogens, such as the human cytomegalovirus (hCMV), this opens a very important new field of work to explore.


Dr. Esmeralda Valiente, Head of Working Group 8.33 Opens internal link in current windowBiomolecular Measurement Methods for Pathogen Detection, Phone +49 (0)30 3481-7241, Opens local program for sending emailesmeralda.valiente(at)ptb.de