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Tag: SNPs

September 2014
News / Toolbox

New algorithm detects DNA insertions and deletions

by  /  10 September 2014

A new algorithm accurately detects large DNA insertions and deletions in the protein-coding regions of the genome.

August 2014
Opinion / Cross Talk

Should autism research focus on common or rare risk factors?

by  /  20 August 2014

New estimates on the role of common mutations in autism raise questions about how to quantify and parse genetic risk. Three experts say both common and rare variants are worth pursuing.

July 2014
Opinion / Viewpoint

Schizophrenia milestone holds lessons for autism

by  /  21 July 2014

A long-awaited report, published today in Nature, confirms that with access to tens of thousands of genomes, researchers can identify common genetic risk factors for a complex neuropsychiatric disorder.

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Common mutations account for half of autism risk

by  /  21 July 2014

Common genetic variants that have minor effects may contribute about half the risk of developing autism, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Genetics. Identifying these variants would require tens of thousands of samples.

June 2014

Access to gene sequences may be a spit sample away

by  /  30 June 2014

DNA extracted from saliva is just as useful for sequencing genes as is DNA from blood cells, according to a report published in April in BMC Genomics. The easy and inexpensive method would be a boon for studies that need to sequence large numbers of people.

October 2013

Slippery SNPs

by  /  29 October 2013

A new analysis strikes down a widely reported study from last year, which claimed that a panel of 237 genetic markers predicts autism.


Small deletions, duplications of DNA may up autism risk

by  /  17 October 2013

Two new studies have found more small deletions and duplications of DNA in individuals with autism than in unaffected controls. These variants may also affect the severity of the disorder.


Genetics: Common variants key in psychiatric inheritance

by  /  1 October 2013

More of the common variants implicated in schizophrenia are also linked to bipolar disorder than to autism, according to a study published 28 August in Nature Genetics.

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September 2013
News / Toolbox

Technique probes gene expression in intact tissue

by  /  11 September 2013

A new method allows researchers to highlight mutations in individual cells without first isolating the cells from the surrounding tissue, according to a study in the August Nature Methods.


In autism, intellectual disability ramps up new mutations

by  /  10 September 2013

Spontaneous mutations are elevated in people with autism, but only in those who also have intellectual disability, according to unpublished data presented yesterday at a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.