NEW YORK, July 19 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Alliance for Autism Research announced today that it will be collaborating with Affymetrix and the Translational Genomics Research Institute on the first phase of a newly launched study looking for the genes associated with autism.
The project, called the NAAR Autism Genome Project, calls for more than 170 genetics researchers over the next six months to collaborate on scanning the human genome for the genetic roots of autism.
The first phase of the effort, which is already underway, involves two scans of the genome to be conducted by TGen using Affymetrix hardware and equipment, said NAAR. After this first phase is completed, researchers will conduct fine mapping of the chromosomal intervals identified by the scans, followed by further examination of genetic mutations.
Specific terms of NAAR's arrangement with Affymetrix and TGen were not disclosed.