The GENESEZS Project a 2-year joint project funded by the BMBF (the German Federal Ministry of Education) that aims to sequence 70 different pest genomes persisting in rodent populations in Central Asia.
GENESEZS is a 2-year project funded by the BMBF (the German Federal Ministry of Education) between the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, KSCQZD (Kazakh Scientific Center for Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases) and IGGC (Institute of General Genetics and Cytology). This project, headed at the MPI-SHH by Johannes Krause, Director of the Department of Archaeogenetics, aims to sequence Yersinia pestis genomes persisting in rodent populations in modern day Central Asia. The goal of the project is to answer scientific questions about the origins, migrations and adaptions of plague bacteria, and also to contribute to health prevention in the region. The scientific cooperation between the three institutions will furthermore build a long-term expertise in the methodologies of sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of bacterial genomes.