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NIMH Awards Emory Genetics $3.6M for Schizophrenia Gene Study; NimbleGen to Provide Chips

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Emory University's School of Medicine has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study a human genetic variation that may be linked to schizophrenia, the university said this week. 
The university’s Department of Human Genetics will work on the project with a psychiatrist and behavioral specialist at Johns Hopkins University, which collected samples for the research.
The project involves screening 500 schizophrenic patients and 500 non-schizophrenic subjects. The university said it will use DNA chips from NimbleGen Systems to compare DNA copy number variations between subjects and a reference genome.
Stephen Warren, chair of Emory's Human Genetics department, said the project could help locate specific genes that influence schizophrenia and other major psychiatric diseases.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.