By Julia Karow

The University of Miami said last week that a $20 million gift to its medical school's Miami Institute for Human Genomics will contribute to a large-scale autism sequencing project.

"The application of next-generation genomic sequencing technology to the [institute's] extensive autism family dataset will give institute researchers data that will implicate genes responsible for autism risk and explain how those genes cause autism," said a statement from the university.

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