David Haussler explores the question, “What information is hidden inside your genome?” By comparing the sequenced genomes of different organisms, researchers can identify changes in the genetic code that led to specific evolutionary innovations in the past. The implications for medicine and biology are profound. However, as Haussler mentions, more computational talent is required to analyze such a large number of genomes, especially as more genomes continue to be sequenced at an increasingly rapid pace.
David Haussler is Scientific Director of the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genomics Institute and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Haussler uses mathematics, computer science, and biology to study the genomes of organisms with the goal of understanding disease and evolution. As part of the Human Genome Project, he led the… Continue Reading