UCSC Genome Browser posts the coronavirus genome

Researchers can now use the Browser’s features to see genetic code at any scale and add annotations for global collaboration

Unprecedented study yields most comprehensive map of cancer genomes to date

Pan-Cancer Project discovers causes of previously unexplained cancers, pin-points cancer-causing events, and zeros in on mechanisms of development

A picture is worth a thousand base pairs

A small but powerful toolset makes sharing genomic data visualizations straightforward.

Unraveling Evolutionary Patterns

We are using genomics to uncover clues about species extinction, to learn how to save vulnerable populations and to see what this teaches us about our future on earth.

Identifying the Underpinnings of Disease

Diseases like cancer have a unique genetic signature that can be digitized, deconstructed and compared with healthy biology. It’s a clinical problem with a computer science solution.

Uniting Global Communities

We have led the effort to define genomics data-sharing standards by co-founding the GA4GH, with more than 450 organizational members from more than 40 countries

Platforms for Life-Saving Treatments

We can match individual tumor RNA with tumors in the largest public cancer genome database in the world — uncovering potential treatment options for patients with “incurable” cancer.

Pan-Cancer project yields comprehensive map of cancer genomes

BRCA Exchange: Data Sharing for the Benefit of Science and Medicine

Beth Shapiro at Davos 2020: When Humankind Overrides Evolution

Artist on Art: An Interview with David Haussler

Artist on Art: An Interview with David Haussler

Nada Miljkovic | February 12, 2020 On February 7, 2020, Dr. David Haussler, a biomolecular engineer and the Director of the UCSC Genomics Institute sat down for an interview with Nada Miljkovic. During our interview, Dr. Haussler shares his insights about a broad...

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UCSC News Roundup Podcast | September 20, 2019

UCSC News Roundup Podcast | September 20, 2019

Wherein we discuss our epic adventure to San Francisco for a Kitchen Sisters podcasting workshop, elephant seal supermoms, young activists, rankings, the Genomic Institute's move to the Westside, no more plastic bags at the Bay Tree, and Colson Whitehead's reading of...

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The case of an arctic wild ass highlights the utility of ancient DNA for validating problematic identifications in museum collections

  Alisa O. Vershinina, Joshua D. Kapp, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, Beth Shapiro Molecular Ecology Resources | December 23, 2019 Abstract Museum collections are essential for reconstructing and understanding past biodiversity. Many museum specimens are, however,...


February 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST

Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for short presentations. Join us February 19 for LASER Talks by award-winning novelist Karen Tei Yamashita, geochemist and paleoecologist Paul Koch, anthropologist and curator Nidhi Mahajan, and bioinformatician David Haussler. The diverse range of presentations will offer insightful glimpses into some of the myriad of research and practices of UC Santa Cruz faculty

“The Genomics Institute has been coming up with approaches to treating pediatric cancer that have never been tried before.”

– John “Bud” and Rebecca Colligan, who established the Colligan Presidential Chair