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Autism Speaks is teaming up with Google to create what it says will become the largest database of sequenced genomes from people with autism and members of their family. Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy group, plans for the database to include genomes from 10,000 people, 1,000 of which it's already completed sequencing of. The group's hope is that the database, which it says will be an "open resource," will facilitate research into the causes of autism spectrum disorder, as well as subtypes of it, treatments, and diagnosis.


"The [Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program] holds the potential to radically transform our understanding of autism and redefine the future of medical care for those affected by the disorder," Rob Ring, Autism Speaks' chief science officer, says in a statement. "Working with Google is a game-changer in this story."




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