The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG) is located in Barcelona and was created in September 2009 with the support of the Spanish and the Catalan governments. It is situated within the Parc Cientific de Barcelona (PCB) that is one of the largest research clusters in Life Science in Southern Europe. It hosts 4 research institutes with more than 70 research groups, 75 companies, an incubator for biotechnology companies, and a wide range of research support technology.
CNAG vocation is to carry out large-scale projects in DNA sequence analysis in collaboration with the Catalan, Spanish, European and International Research Community. The CNAG covers a range of capabilities including whole-genome of novo sequencing, whole genome re-sequencing, targeted re-sequencing, profiling of mRNAs or small RNAs (RNA-Seq), localization of DNA or RNA binding sites (ChIP-Seq), epigenome sequencing and variant validation. The CNAG has a park of twelve last-generation sequencing systems that produce more than 600 Gbases of sequencing data per day, the equivalent of sequencing six human genomes per day. This capacity positions the CNAG as the second largest European center in terms of sequencing capacity.
CNAG occupies approximately 1,200 square meters and has a staff of highly qualified individuals. Current staff includes designated teams for sample management, library preparation, sequencing production and data processing that secure seamless operation. The sequencing operation is supported by an extensive informatics infrastructure: 2.2 petabyte of data storage, over 1000 cores of computing, an internal 10 Gb/s network and multiple 10 Gb/s direct physical connections to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) which has over 10.000 compute cores. CNAG’s expertise also covers computational data analysis from primary quality control to data interpretation.