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Tag: sequencing

July 2018
A red and blue pattern of genes.

Algorithm flags harmful mutations in single copies of genes

by  /  20 July 2018

A new tool can predict a genetic problem called ‘haploinsufficiency’ in which a mutation impairs the function of one copy of a gene.

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New approach predicts impact of mild mutations in autism

by  /  11 July 2018

A new method enables researchers to assess the biological impact of thousands of subtle mutations.

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May 2018
Visualization of networks of individual neurons in the brain.

New map reveals web of connections from single neurons

by  /  18 May 2018

A new map reveals the routes of individual neurons in visual regions of the mouse brain.

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Woman's face with the eyes covered by hand shapes, with a DNA helix in the background, and a judge's gavel.

Patent on autism genetic test may stifle science

by  /  17 May 2018

A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.

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Hunt for autism variants between genes comes up empty

by  /  7 May 2018

To find variants between genes that contribute to autism, researchers may need thousands more whole genomes than they have now.

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April 2018
four scientists standing on colorful tile

CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  30 April 2018

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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genetic code sequences

Map of DNA variation identifies key genetic regions

by  /  20 April 2018

A new analysis of the genomes of more than 11,000 people reveals regions that have few mutations, indicating they have important functions.

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Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

by  /  19 April 2018

Some children with autism inherit rare mutations in noncoding DNA from their unaffected fathers.

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March 2018
water droplets contain and concentrate the materials needed to synthesize genes.

New tools speed genome assembly, tests of gene function

by  /  23 March 2018

Two new techniques could help reveal the molecular basis of conditions such as autism.

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Neurons from mice missing OTUD7A (right) have fewer spines than do those from controls (left).

Studies pinpoint key gene in region linked to autism

by  /  21 March 2018

A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.

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