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Genome sequencing and autism: New research effort announced

Google and autism advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks have announced a partnership to collect and analyze the DNA of 10,000 people with autism.  From the article in the Wall Street Journal: “One of the biggest insights gleaned from genetic research in autism so far is that there isn’t just one form of autism, but many. Whole-genome sequencing, which allows scientists to look at every single letter—known as a base pair or nucleotide—in a person’s DNA should provide “increased resolution of understanding what autism is,” says Robert Ring, chief science officer at Autism Speaks.”

For more information: “Genes in the Cloud: Google Steps into Autism Research“, by Shirley S. Wang, June 9th 2014, Wall Street Journal. 

Interested in teaching about personalized medicine and genome sequencing in your classroom? Check out our lesson plan, “Personalized Medicine.”

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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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