The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus
As researchers sequence, the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.
In late 2013, psychologist Raphael Bernier welcomed a 12-year-old girl and her parents into his office at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. The girl had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and Bernier had invited the family in to discuss the results of a genetic analysis his collaborator, geneticist Evan Eichler, had performed in search of the cause.
As they chatted, Bernier noticed the girl’s wide-set eyes, [...]
Ancestry Modifies Their Autosomal DNA Chip
Currently, Ancestry uses the standard Illumina chip also used by Family Tree DNA which also functions as the base chip for the 23andMe product as well. 23andMe has a chip customized for medical testing, and Ancestry is now following suit as well with their new chip, soon to go into production.
The Illumina chip today holds roughly 700,000 locations or SNPs that can be reported. Ancestry’s download today provides customers with roughly 682,000 locations, as compared to 23andMe’s 577,000 and Family Tree DNA’s roughly [...]
Quest Diagnostics and AncestryDNA Collaborate to Expand Consumer DNA Testing
—MADISON, N.J., and LEHI, Utah, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and AncestryDNA, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, are teaming up to help meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for genetic tests that provide insights into genetic ethnicity, origins and other factors. The new collaboration will allow AncestryDNA to scale its testing services and pave the way [...]
NIH Researchers Discover Otulipenia, a New Inflammatory Disease
This is an interesting article about a lethal disease caused by a genetic abnormality. A single gene on Chromosome 5 was identified as the cause of the problem. Finding the cause of diseases like Otulipenia is huge with us on the cusp of being able to modify Chromosomes with several new techniques. In upcoming years we will be able to go directly to the site of disease, like this one and change the genetic code and fix this illness. This breakthrough was through collaboration between people from different [...]