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New genetic studies suggest that SNPs and CNVs affecting neuronal cell adhesion — including one SNP that reached genome-wide significance in a large GWAS study — contribute to autism risk.

Quest, whose ClariSure test is based on a bacterial artificial chromosome array, is also considering adopting oligonucleotide array-based platforms sold by companies such as Affymetrix, Agilent Technologies, Illumina, and others.

The Recovery Act funds will fund genomics and biomarker studies for Autism disorders.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.03.24

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Quest has been selling the test outside of New York since 2007, but it now has approval from state regulators to offer the test there.

During the firm's earnings call last week, CEO Amit Kumar said that the company's diagnostics services performance would be most indicative of how CombiMatrix would perform going forward.

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Researchers will use the funds to link genetic, environmental, and imaging autism studies and identify biomarkers and other risk factors in children.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.