History

1985

Chancellor Robert Sinsheimer convenes a group of eminent biologists in Santa Cruz to propose a massive, historic project to determine the complete DNA sequence of the human genome — our genetic blueprint.

1990

International Human Genome Project launched with the goal of reaching a significant milestone: A complete human genome sequence by 2005.

1999

UCSC’s David Haussler joins the project to locate the genes in the human genome sequence and enlists molecular biology graduate student Jim Kent to help reach this milestone.

2000

June 22 UCSC assembles the human genome sequence using Kent’s 10,000-line computer program.

July 7 The UCSC genome bioinformatics group makes history by releasing the first working draft of the human genome sequence on the web. Scientists download half a trillion bytes of information from the UCSC genome server in the first 24 hours.

September Just a few months following its historic publication, UC Santa Cruz’s Genome Browser has already become an essential resource to biomedical science.

2001

February The majority of the human genome is published. Francis Collins, the director of NHGRI, outlines the many of its possible uses: “It’s a history book – a narrative of the journey of our species through time. It’s a shop manual, with an incredibly detailed blueprint for building every human cell. And it’s a transformative textbook of medicine, with insights that will give health care providers immense new powers to treat, prevent and cure disease.”

August The Human Genome Symposium is convened at UC Santa Cruz to discuss the world-changing impact of sequencing the human genome and practical, ethical, legal, and privacy issues in a post-genomic world.

2003

April The full sequence of the human genome is published, marking the completion of the Human Genome Project and a monumental point in history.

2004

May Genomics Institute publishes findings about ultra-conserved elements in the human genome that have remained unchanged through long periods of evolutionary history — one of Science magazine’s breakthroughs of the year.

2009

March UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser makes its historic debut, built on the UCSC Genomics Browser platform and capable of visualizing data from cancer clinical trials.

April An international team of collaborators launch the Genome 10K project to reach the milestone of sequencing the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species.

December A mobile version of the UCSC Genome Browser is released for the iPhone.

2010

May The Neanderthal genome draft sequence is posted on the UCSC Genome Browser and published with scientific findings in Science by UC Santa Cruz‘s Richard E. (Ed) Green.

2011

August Genomics Institute begins work on national data center for cancer genomics.

2012

May The Cancer Genomics Hub (CGHub) provides cancer researchers nationwide with efficient access to a large and rapidly growing store of biomedical data.

2013

January Global Alliance for Genomics & Health established to unite research, health care, and disease advocacy organizations in standardizing and enabling secure sharing of genomic and clinical data.

2015

January Simons Foundation awards up to $1 million to UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute to develop a comprehensive Human Genome Variation Map for scientific and medical research

May David Haussler shares the $1 million Dan David Prize from Tel Aviv University for research in bioinformatics.

August California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine provides $1.2 million in funding to Genomics Institute’s California Kids Cancer Comparison project

2016

July St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative with $2.5 million grant

September David Haussler named as one of seven influential leaders appointed to Chan Zuckerberg science initiative Science Advisory Board.

December Colligan Presidential Chair in Pediatric Genomics established.