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Finding new answers for autism through genome sequencing

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. Much is still unknown on the cause of autism, but research points to genetics. This means autism could be diagnosed even earlier than we are catching it now, and early detection is key to therapy and education for an individual.

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Finding new answers for autism through genome sequencing

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. Much is still unknown on the cause of autism, but research points to genetics. This means autism could be diagnosed even earlier than we are catching it now, and early detection is key to therapy and education for an individual.
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Researching the genetic factors that contribute to autism is crucial for early detection, treatment, and life long care for those diagnosed. Genetic sequencing can help identify many subtypes of autism, which may lead to more personalized and accurate treatments in the future. 

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Social Exclusion MSSNG will sequence the DNA of over 10,000 families affected by autism in the hope that this will help to progress many unanswered questions about the disorder. With the help of Google Cloud, the data will be accessible to researchers for free everywhere, so genome scientists from around the world can study trillions of data points from one single database. Their first pilot program of 1,000 whole genomes led to new discoveries about autism.

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