NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A subset of autism cases — particularly amongst those characterized by pronounced intellectual disability — seems to stem from large stretches of similar sequence that are inherited from each parent, according to a study out online this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.