Genomics giant joins fight to beat autism

3 November 2011

 A new collaboration aims to sequence the entire genomes of more than 2,000 families affected by autism. 

The two-year partnership between global leader in whole genome sequencing, BGI, and the US autism science and advocacy organisation, Autism Speaks, will yield the largest library of sequenced genomes of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Data will be collected from the more than 10,000 US-based participants in the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) and added to that from participants in China. AGRE provides DNA, clinical, and medical information to autism researchers worldwide enabling them to focus time on finding answers rather than on gathering data.

“This collaboration will transform the field and greatly accelerate basic and translational research in autism and related developmental disabilities”, said Autism Speaks Vice President for Scientific Affairs Dr Andy Shih.