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Decoding and Defeating Cancer with Data Science

Decoding and Defeating Cancer with Data Science

A groundbreaking study reveals that one in five tumors may need to be reclassified
Cancer in the Crosshairs

Cancer in the Crosshairs

Study uncovers hidden factors that shape sea life around islands and seamounts

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UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute

What if doctors could demystify cancer and cure people more quickly? What if we could save threatened species by restoring the genetic diversity they once had?The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute is empowering scientists all over the world to answer these questions and more. From decoding cancer to species preservation, our open-source genomics platforms are essential resources for unlocking the world’s most challenging medical and scientific issues of our time.Established in 2014.
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In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re sharing five facts about UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute’s Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative. Learn what they’re doing to fight pediatric cancer.

#5: Sharing data is one way #UCSC researchers are battling childhood cancer! UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute's Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative recently made a 11,000+ tumor database available for use by all researchers in the pediatric cancer community and beyond with underwriting from the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. Take a look!

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What is Genome Editing?

Genome editing enables scientists to change the DNA of many organisms, including plants, bacteria and animals. Scientists use different technologies that act like scissors to cut DNA at a specific spot, which allows them to remove, add to, or replace DNA. Editing DNA can lead to changes in physical traits, like eye color and disease risk.

In the laboratory, researchers use genome editing to model human disease by deleting or editing certain genes that are thought to contribute to the disease. This helps researchers determine if specific changes made to the genome will reveal what contributes to the disease. The hope is that physicians might eventually be able to prescribe targeted gene therapy using genome editing to make corrections to patient genomes and prevent, stop or reverse disease.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine launched an initiative ( to facilitate decision making for the responsible use of human genome editing research. Their efforts included an international summit, a comprehensive study with a diverse committee of experts, and a series of public meetings to hear from patients, community leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders.

To help us better understand genome editing, | National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) created a new resource with answers to common questions. Check it out!

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Cloud 101: Learn how @ucsc @TreehouseCancer is harnessing the cloud to help defeat childhood cancer. ucscgenomics photo
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Attending to science's social dimensions, speaking out for those silenced will further equality. Join us & @scijust:
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“We are giving new hope to these families that otherwise would be out of treatment options," said Morozova. ucscgenomics photo
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Very proud David Haussler, co-founder @treehousecancer w/ Olena Morozova ranked #5 of top 1K CS & Electr. scholars