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Incorporating False Discovery Rates Into Genetic Association in Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable condition. It’s characterized by deficits in social communication, the presence of repetitive behaviors, and/or stereotyped interests.It has already been proven by previous studies that genetic factors contribute strongly to the onset of Autism, yet the search for specific risk genes for ASD has only recently begun to …

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Henrietta Lacks’s Genome Sequence Has Been Publicly Available For Years

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have reported in the past week that they have sequenced the “HeLa”. This is the genome of the Henrietta Lacks cell line. The report was accepted with some concerns as many people were unsure why scientists were testing and carrying out experiments on this cell line. The HeLa cell …

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Size Matters, And Other Lessons From Medical Genetics

In October of 1992, genetics researchers made a potentially groundbreaking discovery.Their findings were published in Nature, and stated that a genetic variant in the angiotensin-converting enzyme ACE appeared to alter an individual’s risk of having a heart attack.The study involved a total of over 500 individuals from four categories.  After publication of these results, there …

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