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The MinION, a pocket-sized, USB-powered sequencing machine, lets scientists track the spread of deadly diseases in real-time.

Fighting Ebola With a Palm-Sized DNA Sequencer

When Lauren Cowley arrived in Guinea in June 2015, the country was still trying to contain the record-breaking Ebola epidemic that had begun in early 2014. With several new cases cropping up every week, epidemiologists had to work frantically to track the skeins of the …

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To use a beacon, you visit the relevant web server and enter the genetic variant you’re looking for, identifying it by a specific DNA letter at a specific position in the genome. The response is a simple yes or no, telling you whether that variant exists in the database you’re searching.

Beacon Project Cracks the Door for Genomic Data Sharing

By Aaron Krol The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, or GA4GH, has attracted over 350 member organizations since it was formed just over two years ago. Members range from small hospitals and laboratories to major genomic centers like the Broad Institute in the U.S., …

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The California Kids Cancer Comparison builds on the UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Childhood Cancer Project, which enables combined analysis of adult and pediatric cancer genomic data sets.

UC Santa Cruz researchers use big data to fight cancer

SANTA CRUZ >> Until recently, if a California child with cancer failed to respond to standard therapies, doctors frequently had difficulty determining an effective next step. Now they can match cancer therapies to individual children based on the genetic characteristics of their tumors thanks to …

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It is expected that a new, comprehensive map will "replace the current assortment of isolated, incompatible databases of human genetic variation with a single, fundamental representation formalized as a very large mathematical graph," the institute stated.

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Awarded $2M Grant to Complete Human Genetic Variation Map

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of California Santa Cruz’s Genomics Institute announced today that it has received a two-year, $2 million grant from the WM Keck Foundation to support its ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation. Earlier this year, …

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The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute has received a $2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for ongoing research to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation.

UC Santa Cruz awarded $2 million for human genome variation map

SANTA CRUZ >> The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute has received a $2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for ongoing research to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation. The Human Genome Variation Map will be a valuable new resource for medical …

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The HGVM data model will integrate into the standard application programming interface (API) for representing genomic variation being developed by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, placing it at the center of a burgeoning set of standards for sharing genomic data.

W.M. Keck Foundation: David Haussler, Benedict Paten

Since the sequencing of the human genome was announced in 2000, much has been learned about the remarkable level of genomic variations in diverse human populations. However there is no framework to reliably compare these variations to understand their role in health and disease. This …

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Haussler, who led the first team to map the human genome, is a brilliant example of "radical collaboration," said event co-organizer Suz Howells, UC Santa Cruz campaign operations associate.

TEDxSantaCruz, part of Alumni Weekend, to explore “Radical Collaboration”

By Dan White, UCSC Newscenter Expect a day of unexpected convergences, wild ideas, and surprising discoveries at TEDxSantaCruz 2015: Radical Collaboration, a time to explore interdisciplinary learning and across-the-lanes thinking. The all-day event, which starts at 9 a.m. on April 24 at the Rio Theatre, …

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Investigators at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute have optimized performance of a mobile-phone-sized MinIONTM DNA sequencer, marketed by Oxford Nanopore.

DNA sequencer the size of a mobile phone

By Branwyn Wagman, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Investigators at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute have optimized performance of a mobile-phone-sized MinIONTM DNA sequencer, marketed by Oxford Nanopore. Their work was reported in Nature Methods on February 16, 2015. The MinION device reads individual …

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David Haussler, professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Genomics Institute at UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the Dan David Prize, a prestigious international award endowed by the Dan David Foundation and based at Tel Aviv University.

Genomics Institute director David Haussler awarded prestigious Dan David Prize

Haussler will share $1 million prize with two other leaders in bioinformatics By Tim Stephens David Haussler, professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Genomics Institute at UC Santa Cruz, has been chosen to receive the Dan David Prize, a prestigious international award endowed …

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"One exemplary human genome cannot represent humanity as a whole, and the scientific community has not been able to agree on a single precise method to refer to and represent human genome variants," said Haussler.

2015: Year of the Genome Map? Maybe so, Says Simons.

It’s no secret that genetics is hot right now, especially in the brain realm. The biggest story of 2014 was Ted Stanley’s stunning $650 million gift to mental health research at the Broad Institute, a research center that grew out of the Human Genome Project. …