New Study Identifies High-Risk Variants Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders





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Published on Jan 31, 2013

A growing body of evidence suggests a genetic contribution in the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Since 2002, Lineagen has been building the largest proprietary collection of ASD-related genetic variants and, in 2011, spearheaded a study to increase the clinical yield of the company's genetic diagnostic test, FirstStepDx. To find candidate variants, Linegean selected the Golden Helix services team as well as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Applied Genomics to concurrently perform quality control, analyze the data, and interpret the results. The results of this study were recently published in PLoS ONE: "Identification of Rare Recurrent Copy Number Variants in High-Risk Autism Families and their Prevalence in a Large ASD Population."

In this 90-minute webcast, Dr. Hakonarson, Dr. Leppert, Dr. Paul, and Dr. Hensel will outline the study and methodology approach utilized by Lineagen to achieve a two-fold increase in detection rate of genetic variants in individuals with ASD, and Dr. Christensen will share the analytic processes Golden Helix used in this valuable research.



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