This Week in Cell

University of Washington researcher Evan Eichler and colleagues from centers in the US, UK, and Europe describe an autism spectrum disorder subtype that involves mutations to CHD8, a gene coding for a chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein. Based on past studies pointing to recurrent disruptions in CHD8 in individuals with ASD, the team set out to find additional cases with such alterations and determine what, if any, features they shared.

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.