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Published on March 24th, 2016 | by Elaine Ding

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Cataloging Genetic Data for Autism Research

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, in conjunction with genetic analysis software company WuXi NextCODE, has made its detailed autism data set, the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), freely available to researchers. SSC contains genetic samples from 2,600 families that have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The data set allows researchers to analyze the genetic, phenotypic, and biological information of individuals or families in order to aid autism research. Genetic data is particularly valuable for autism research because it can provide researchers with insight into the complicated underlying causes and mechanisms of autism spectrum disorders.

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Elaine Ding

Elaine Ding is a graduate policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. She is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law and is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration degree. Elaine previously worked as a legal fellow for IDEATE Labs conducting legal and policy research on a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, telecommunications, and workforce policy.



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