UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Celebrates National DNA Day

Thursday, April 19, 2018
UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute

Participants Invited to Learn How Unlocking Life’s Genetic Code Will Impact Lives

SANTA CRUZ, CA – April 18, 2018  – The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute hosts a National DNA Day event on April 25, 2018 to highlight how genomic research at UC Santa Cruz is advancing new discoveries in fields as diverse as cancer treatment, AIDS vaccines, and environmental conservation. This year’s event is just one of many being held nationwide as part of National DNA Day, a national observance promoted by the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

National DNA Day raises awareness about the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. This annual celebration offers many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact lives.

At the event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Baskin Engineering Building Courtyard, participants will have the opportunity to talk to project representatives and researchers working in genomics at UC Santa Cruz. They will be available to discuss their work and how it supports the many advances made in the last 15 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project. Among the projects represented will be the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative, whose mission is defeat every child’s cancer by harnessing and sharing the world’s genomic data.

UC Santa Cruz played an important historic role in the groundbreaking effort that became the Human Genome Project. On July 7, 2000, Scientific Director David Haussler and his team launched the first working draft of the human genome on the internet. The group guaranteed the project would remain in the public domain forever. Since then, the team has evolved into what is now the called the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute.

For more information about National DNA Day, or to see the complete list of National DNA Day events, please visit www.genome.gov/DNADay.