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Partek, Krieger Institute Get $1.8M Grant for ASD, Schizophrenia Informatics Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Partek today said that it and the Kennedy Krieger Institute have been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop commercial software that would identify chromosomal abnormalities underlying conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

St. Louis-based Partek and Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute had previously collaborated on developing a mathematical method that combined two commonly used genotype association approaches to reveal genetic distinctions between individuals. They now plan to leverage that research and narrow their focus to families with one or more members affected by ASD.

Their initial goal is to identify individuals with ASD during infancy, but they also plan to use the same analysis tools for early diagnosis of mental health conditions including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Further terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.