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Investigators identified ties between autism spectrum disorder and mitochondrial haplogroups in mtDNA variant data from nearly 1,000 ASD-affected families.

In PNAS this week: deep evolutionary conservation of autism-linked genes, cytokine signature of chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.

The company is collaborating with hospitals to implement sequencing and machine learning approaches to pinpoint the molecular etiology of autism earlier in age.

In PNAS this week: analytical method for assessing shared variants, treatment targets in hereditary pancreatic cancer, and more.

Oversight Uncovered

Spectrum News reports that a group has uncovered a statistical flaw in a recent paper linking new genes to autism or developmental delay.

The consortium is collecting data from different omics streams for a cohort of individuals with autism spectrum disorders with the long-term goal of improving treatment.

In Genome Biology this week: genes linked to Hirschsprung disease, structural variant patterns in autism, and more.

One team examined single-nucleotide variation, indels, and copy-number variations in ASD, while the other focused on large structural variations.

Advantage, But Risk

Yale researchers find that autism risk-linked genes are also associated with increased cognitive ability, according to the Independent.

Two studies described de novo gene mutations involved in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental conditions, while weeding out unrelated changes.

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Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.