March 2011We identify 583 regions conserved in chimp and related species but lost from the human genome (hCONDELs) and feature two hCONDELs associated with human specific loss of whiskers and penile spines and human specific brain expansion. See CNN, National Geographic, Wired, Scientific American, San Francisco Chronicle, Nature News, Science News, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, Live Science, Ars Technica, Mother Jones and even Sexis.
Listen to a Nature Podcast [transcript].
[McLean, Reno, Pollen et al., Nature, 471:216-219, 2011]
May 2010Lab publishes a new tool called GREAT for analysis of genome wide cis-regulatory datasets, such as those produced by ChIP-Seq experiments. See F1000 ("Must Read"), Science Daily, Genome Technology, BioInform, Salute24 and Stanford blog.
[McLean et al., Nature Biotechnology, 28:495-501, 2010]
July 2009See an interview Gill gave as a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow.
April 2009A video of a guest lecture by Gill is available here. Mostly covers ultraconserved elements, but around 40min in you get a brief & broad overview of lab interests.
October 2008We show that ultraconserved element deletions almost never fix in naturally evolving populations. We also show that thousands of additional conserved non-coding genomic regions also seem to confer a fitness gain whose loss is noticeable on an evolutionary timescale. See e! Science News, Science Daily, Genome Web, 23andMe, UPI, and LiveScience.
[McLean & Bejerano, Genome Research, 18:1743-1751, 2008]
December 2007Gill is featured in Genome Technology magazine's Tomorrow's Principal Investigators (scanned article).
September 2007A Nature Editorial uses our work to make the case that better understanding of our own genome will come from generating sequence data from diverse organisms.
June 2007Gill's associative memory is featured in the New York Times.
April 2007We survey the whole human genome, showing that in fact "selfish DNA" (transposons) has contributed thousands of novel functional regions during human evolution. See Scientific American, Science, Wired, Science Daily, New Scientist and PNAS.
[Lowe, Bejerano & Haussler, PNAS, 104:8005-8010, 2007]
April 2006An ancient transposon ("selfish gene") is shown, unexpectedly, to have given birth to an ultraconserved element. See HHMI report, Nobel Intent, Carl Zimmer, El Pais.
[Bejerano et al., Nature, 441:87-90, 2006]
May 2004The discovery of Ultraconserved Elements, genomic regions perfectly and inexplicably conserved between human and other mammals, is first published. Media coverage: Nature, Nature Reviews Genetics, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Science, Bio-IT World, and a short ScienCentral news video.
[Bejerano et al., Science, 304:1321-1325, 2004]