NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In Nature Genetics, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas, and elsewhere described point mutations that can truncate an imprinted gene called MAGEL2, causing autism spectrum disorder and features found in Prader-Willi syndrome.

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In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture in Brazilians, characterization of novel double-stranded RNA mycovirus, and more.

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The New York Times examines ethics and China's push to lead biomedical research.

At her blog, Sally Rockey dives into National Institutes of Health funding data.