A team of researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory found what may be evidence for a genetic basis for autism. Using an engineered mouse model, Alea Mills and her colleagues show in a paper published in PNAS last month that the deletion of a 27-gene cluster on chromosome 16 can cause autism-like features, and that copy-number variations in this region can affect the architecture of the brain and the behavioral phenotype.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.