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Genomes in the Cloud

Advocacy group Autism Speaks is working with Google to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people on the autism spectrum and their family members, Wired reports.

"We believe that the clues to understanding autism lie in that genome," Rob Ring, the chief science officer at Autism Speaks, tells Wired. "We'd like to leverage the same kind of technology and approach to searching the internet every day to search into the genome for these missing answers."

Google will store and index the data on its Cloud Platform, where scientists will be able to access it to study. Wired adds that the project will also make use of Google Genomics, a tool the company launched earlier this year to help researchers search through genomic information.

Autism Speaks' Liz Feld adds that genomic analysis will help researchers and clinicians better understand the various autism spectrum disorders as well as develop tailored treatments.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.