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A firm foothold in the genetics of autism

A firm foothold in the genetics of autism

New study applies advanced genomics in a carefully assembled population to yield some of the first solid data in autism genetics

Matthew W. State, M.D., Ph.D., had never seriously considered a career in genetic research until 1995, when he spent a few months in a child psychiatry ward during his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. There he cared for a few children with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder caused when all or part of a seven-gene stretch of chromosome 15 is missing. Children with Prader-Willi tend to be intellectually delayed and prone to compulsive behaviors such as...

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A firm foothold in the genetics of autism

Honoring an RNA pioneer, backing science’s next generation

In 2007, Natalia B. Ivanova, Ph.D., arrived at the School of Medicine with ambitious plans. A rising star in stem cell biology, she had just left a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton, and her first order of business was to hire a team for her Yale laboratory.

Most medical investigators are funded not from a central budget, but through grants from the government or other institutions. Young scientists are pressed to...

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Office supporting student research celebrates 25 years

Office supporting student research celebrates 25 years

Women who Google the phrase “increase chances of conceiving twins” are advised to try eating yams. Parents of children suffering from a middle ear infection might be advised to “wait and see” before starting antibiotics. These disparate pieces of advice both stem from thesis...

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