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  • Study allays fears about usefulness of induced stem cells
    6 December 2012
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    Some of the genetic variability seen in stem cells derived from skin arises from differences in the skin cells themselves, according to a study published 18 November in Nature. The findings have implications for both stem cell research and our understanding of human biology.

  • Software tool homes in on disease-linked mutations
    5 December 2012
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    By combining pedigree information with sequencing data, a new software tool helps focus on genetic variants likely to be responsible for disease, researchers reported 10 October in Bioinformatics.

  • Cognition and behavior: Gender influences autism symptoms
    5 December 2012
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    Men with autism struggle with attention to detail and dexterity, according to a study published 17 October in PLoS One. Men and women with the disorder both have trouble with social skills, however.

  • Sobering sample
    4 December 2012
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    A survey of health and education professionals finds that about half of them object to the proposed changes in the diagnostic criteria for autism.

  • Genetics: 22q11.2 deletion symptoms cluster into two groups
    4 December 2012
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    Children with a deletion in the 22q11.2 chromosomal region have one of two distinct sets of symptoms, and only one of those is associated with autism, according to a study published 28 August in Research in Developmental Disabilities.