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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The first common variant associated with autism has been identified and validated, according to a new study scheduled to appear online today in Nature. The paper, one of several autism genetic studies published online this week, supports the idea that autism involves altered connections between neurons or brain cells.

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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.

James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.

Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.

In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.