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Stimulus funding could help crack autism's genetics

A typical readout of data from "next generation" DNA sequencing, used by Walsh's lab in autism patients. The sequencer samples a patient's DNA in tens of millions short, overlapping bites -- a few dozen letters of code -- then strings these together to build the whole sequence.
A typical readout of data from "next generation" DNA sequencing, used by Walsh's lab in autism patients. The sequencer samples a patient's DNA in tens of millions short, overlapping bites -- a few dozen letters of code -- then strings these together to build the whole sequence.

Yesterday the White House announced $5 billion in stimulus funding for groundbreaking medical research. One very exciting project aims to (finally) get at the many genetic causes of autism through whole-genome sequencing, and it’s happening here at Children’s. The $4.5 million project, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, will be led by Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, chief of Children’s Division of Genetics, with collaborators at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute.

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