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Tag: sequencing

October 2019
black and blue striped dress on pregnant woman shows DNA helix

Rare access to fetal tissue yields valuable insights into autism

by  /  15 October 2019

Molecular biologist Jonathan Mill is probing gene expression’s role in autism in uncharted territory — the fetal human brain.

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Nobel predictions: Autism research may win big this year

by  /  4 October 2019

Forecasts for this year’s Nobel Prizes include several researchers whose work is relevant to autism.

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September 2019

Genetic registry reaps bounty of new autism genes

by  /  30 September 2019

An analysis of genetic sequences from nearly 500 people with autism and their relatives has linked 13 new genes to the condition. It has also uncovered a genetic cause for autism in about 10 percent of the autistic participants.

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Genome structure unlikely to wield major influence on gene expression

by  /  27 September 2019

New findings call into question a fundamental assumption about how genes are regulated.

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Whole-genome study lifts veil on inheritance patterns in autism

by  /  19 September 2019

An analysis of whole-genome sequences from nearly 500 families has implicated 16 new genes in autism.

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August 2019
colorful groups of cell types

New method dramatically scales up mapping of active genes in cells

by  /  23 August 2019

A new technique enables scientists to isolate, and chart gene expression in, tens of thousands of cells at once.

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Illustration shows woman peering at her partner and child from behind a 'curtain' of genome sequence

The problems with prenatal testing for autism

by  /  14 August 2019

As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.

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New technique maps molecules through DNA ‘scope’

by  /  9 August 2019

A novel approach to microscopy reveals the sequences and spatial arrangement of DNA within cells.

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July 2019

Ultrasensitive blood test may detect autism mutations in utero

by  /  18 July 2019

A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.

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May 2019
Computational Modeling of BRSK2 Missense Variants

Matchmaking site for genes leads scientists to autism candidate

by  /  6 May 2019

A website called GeneMatcher has helped researchers identify a new gene for intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism.

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