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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

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.