NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of studies appearing online today in Neuron have unearthed new inherited recessive mutations that appear to either contribute to or cause autism spectrum disorder.

For the first of these, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, and elsewhere did whole-exome sequencing on nearly 1,000 individuals with ASD and about as many unaffected control individuals.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.