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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

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.