Leadership in Genomics

UC Santa Cruz has a long history of pioneering advances in genomics research. The first working draft of a human genome sequence was assembled on our campus in 2000, which led to enormous leaps in our collective understanding of human biology and disease. In 2022, we co-led the effort to assemble the first truly complete sequence of a human genome—covering each chromosome from end to end with no gaps and unprecedented accuracy—and it is now available for the whole world to access through the UCSC Genome Browser 

UC Santa Cruz researchers also invented the idea of nanopore sequencing, which aims to make DNA sequencing progressively faster and less expensive, and the campus continues to provide many of the computational tools that fuel genomics research and innovation. 

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