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With the ultimate goal of genotyping 100,000 individuals and following them over time, the Center for Applied Genomics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia hopes to use its database not only to better inform its own research, but to make eventually all its data available to the public.

A team of scientists from CHOP and UPenn have developed a database of copy number variants found in healthy individuals, based on their study of thousands of children and parents.

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.

Five new centers will begin educating and recruiting volunteers for the massive NICHD-led study of genes, environment, and children's health.

In the first phase of the three-part pilot program, three projects will be chosen from 10 institutions in the Philadelphia region, Delaware, and New Jersey to receive one-year grants worth as much as $200,000 for proof-of-concept studies.

In separate interviews, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Signature Genomic Laboratories, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently discussed how new arrays sold by Agilent, Affy, and Illumina affect their cytogenetics services.

Snippets: Mar 4, 2009

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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 Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.