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David Haussler

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has extended David Haussler’s appointment as an HHMI Investigator for five years, through August 2012. Haussler is a professor of biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. He has been an HHMI investigator since 2000.
Haussler leads the Genome Bioinformatics Group at UCSC that maintains the UCSC Genome Browser. His group recently identified the existence of "ultra-conserved" elements in the human genome that have remained essentially unchanged across millions of years of evolution. The Haussler laboratory has also identified genome segments that have undergone unusually rapid change in one species.

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