The Leipzig, Germany-based Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology purchased its second Genome Sequencer FLX (GS FLX) system from 454 Life Sciences, a part of Roche Applied Science. The institute chose to add to its previous Genome Sequencer System, which was initially purchased as a GS 20 in August 2006 and upgraded to a GS FLX in 2007. With the acquisition of the second instrument, the Max Planck Institute reports that its total 454 Sequencing capacity is now 400 million bases per day.
Based in the lab of Svante Paabo, Ph.D., director of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the institute, the two GS FLX instruments will be used to sequence the genome of the Bonobo, a great ape closely related to humans. The Bonobo genome sequence will allow scientists to gauge the fine-scale evolution of the Chimpanzee genome in the same way as the Neanderthal genome, which they hope will provide insight into the evolution of the human genome.