Using an experimental design made possible by the advent of next-generation sequencers, a team of scientists at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta will use new NimbleGen microarrays and Illumina’s Genome Analyzer in a three-pronged study to identify genetic variants associated with autism.
 
According to principal investigator Michael Zwick, the group will use a $3 million grant from the Simons Foundation to seek genetic explanations for why males have much higher autism rates than females.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.