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Tag: copy number variation

December 2015

What’s the hardest part of an autism researcher’s job?

by  /  22 December 2015

Scientists dish about the biggest challenges they face as they tackle tough questions about autism.

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Method marks variants among repeated DNA segments

by  /  9 December 2015

A new tool trawls sequencing data to reveal single-letter DNA swaps within large duplications.

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November 2015

Long-awaited databases reveal breadth of genetic variation

by  /  4 November 2015

Two massive efforts to sequence the DNA of more than 11,000 people together provide the most detailed picture yet of genetic variation in the general population.

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October 2015

In search of factors that shield girls against autism

by  /  19 October 2015

Identifying the factors that protect girls from autism may help us understand and possibly treat the disorder.

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New clues connect chemical messenger to autism

by  /  16 October 2015

New evidence implicates the neurotransmitter glycine, which dampens brain signals, in autism.

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Dispatches from ASHG 2015

by  /  9 October 2015

These short reports from our reporter, Jessica Wright, give you the inside scoop on developments at the 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting.

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Sequencing studies sharpen focus on key autism genes

by  /  1 October 2015

Two studies prioritize autism risk genes for further research and illuminate how different types of mutations may work together.

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September 2015

Genetic tests, physical exam forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  17 September 2015

Combining two genetic tests with a physical exam may flag young children at risk for autism years earlier than behavioral assessments do.

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‘Ginkgo’ software allows easy comparison of DNA between cells

by  /  16 September 2015

A new tool that charts large DNA duplications and deletions in single cells may help researchers assess the variants’ contribution to autism.

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August 2015

Chromosome 7 flaws alter chemical tags throughout genome

by  /  21 August 2015

Alterations to chromosome 7 lead to changes in the chemical marks that direct gene expression.

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