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  • Statistical model rates billions of human mutations
    16 April 2014
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    A new statistical system ranks the potential harm done by each of the nearly 9 billion possible variants in the human genome, researchers reported in March in Nature Genetics.

  • Engineered monkeys carry autism-linked mutations
    9 April 2014
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    Researchers have created the first genetic monkey model of autism, they reported 6 March in Cell Stem Cell. The female monkey has a mutated version of the MeCP2 gene that causes Rett syndrome.

  • Analysis of movement patterns may reveal autism severity
    2 April 2014
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    An automated system developed for tracking the movements of lab animals can be used to accurately map the activity of children with autism, researchers reported in the February Molecular Autism. When given free rein, the system found, children with autism tend to explore a room’s edges, whereas those with other developmental disorders cling to their parents.

  • Reference strains aid genetic testing for Rett syndrome
    26 March 2014
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    Researchers have established a set of commercially available cell lines that can help gauge the quality of tests for Rett syndrome, they reported in the March issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

  • New technique finds mutant cells in a haystack
    19 March 2014
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    Researchers have developed a method to isolate a single mutant cell from thousands of others, they reported in the March issue of Nature Methods.

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