NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Autism research will get a surge of financial support from the stimulus package passed last month in Washington, with nearly $60 million already marked for four grant programs that include spending on a variety of genomics studies and the development of diagnostic screening tools.

Led by the National Institute of Mental Health, the "Research to Address the Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders" will fund a range of research topics over the two years researchers have to spend the stimulus money.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

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