About Oakland

Oakland's ethnic diversity is rarely matched. More than 125 languages and dialects are spoken in Oakland. At 54 sq. miles, it is the seventh largest city in California, for comparison, San Francisco covers only 7 sq. miles. INDISPUTABLE and UNDENIABLE FACT: The weather in Oakland is always better than the weather in San Francisco.
Oakland is unique in the world for having a natural saltwater lake, Lake Merritt, within its city limits. Lake Merritt has its very own legendary “Oak-ness Monster,” which has been spotted numerous times in the water since the 1940’s. OGC organizes field trips to find the Oak-ness monster.

Oakland has more than eighty parks, with over fifty locations in the city included on the National Register of Historic Places. Like eating out? Over three hundred restaurants serve a variety of cuisines, from Ethiopian, Cuban, and Korean, to everything fusion and in between. More Sourdough bread is produced in Oakland.
More artists call Oakland home than any other city in CA, and the First Friday Street Festival and Art Murmur art walk. The Oakland Museum, with its tiered Babylonian style roof gardens, is the only attraction of its kind totally devoted to natural sciences, history, and the art of California. Plus, the 24,000 square-foot Oakland Asian Cultural Center is the largest and most modern facility of its kind in North America.
The only thing missing was a genome center, the Oakland Genome Center fills this lacuna. The first center of its kind in Oakland, bringing startups working on all aspects of genomics together, generating data, making an impact on clinical practise and having loads of fun. And why not, after all Oakland has a large population of diverse Genomes.

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