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IntegraGen to Help Establish Autism DNA Database

NEW YORK, May 24 (GenomeWeb News) - IntegraGen will help develop a DNA database for autism in France, the Paris-based company said today.

 

IntegraGen will provide the Foundation Autisme, a newly founded organization, with funding and other assistance to collect DNA samples from 200 French families with autistic children over the next 12 months. The samples, along with clinical data, will be freely accessible to scientific researchers.

 

Fondation Autisme will also work with another foundation, Cure Autism Now, and with Généthon,  a French research institute, to create the databank. IntegraGen plans to use the samples to validate its genetic test for autism, which it expects to make available next year.

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