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Decode to Embark on $2.8M Autism Genetics Study Funded by Simons Foundation

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Decode Genetics will launch a population-based study of the genetics of autism and autism spectrum disorders, funded by The Simons Foundation, Decode said today.


Equipped with a two-year, $2.8 million grant from the New York-based foundation, Decode plans to analyze genotypic, clinical, and behavioral data from several hundred individuals diagnosed with autism or ASDs, as well as several thousand of their relatives.


Decode, located in Reykjavik, Iceland, will work with the National Diagnostic and Counseling Center of Iceland as well as with the Icelandic Autism Support Network and physicians and psychologists at the National University Hospital.


The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.