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Media Availability: Researchers uncover new evidence revealing molecular paths to autism

Read moreBethesda, Md., Wed., Oct. 29, 2014 - In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have used DNA sequencing to uncover dozens of genes that heighten the risk for autism. The findings, reported online October 29, 2014, in Nature, provide a better understanding of some of the genetic and cellular changes in pathways and processes thought to be involved in ASD, and eventually may help lead to potential therapies. Read more

Media Availability: TCGA study improves understanding of genetic drivers of thyroid cancer

Read moreBethesda, Md., Thurs., Oct. 23, 2014 - A comprehensive analysis of the genomes of nearly 500 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) - the most common form of thyroid cancer - has provided new insights into the roles of frequently mutated cancer genes and other genomic alterations that drive disease development. Read more

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Genome Advance of the Month

Exploring harmful interactions between artificial sweeteners and gut microbiota

A mug, spoon and various artifical sweetenersSix types of non-caloric artificial sweeteners are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These sugar substitutes are popular due to their minimal calorie content and low cost. But data on the benefits and risks of artificial sweeteners have been controversial. September's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on the potential risks of artificial sweeteners through a mechanism not yet deeply explored: the alteration of gut microbiota. Read more

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Last Updated: October 29, 2014