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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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.