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Autism Speaks announces the release of new genetic data for researchers
Date:11/8/2012

risk for ASD: an estimated 38 percent of risk being associated with genetic heritability and 58 percent with the environment that twins share during pregnancy and perhaps early infancy. The study also found that the relative contributions of shared genes and shared environment are similar for males and females.

"The data on these new families, also available through the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR), further enhances the informatics infrastructure developed by Autism Speaks and the NIH," commented Dan Hall, NDAR project science manager. Combining these data, with those collected across many other projects gives researchers an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate scientific discovery."

Though AGRE was able to collect data on over 1,700 families nationwide, it became apparent that this in-home model of collection needed to adapt in order to meet the growing needs of the autism research community. In an effort to continue its mission to accelerate the pace of autism research, Autism Speaks has decided to transition AGRE to an outsourced model of collection. In this innovative new model, data collection will take place at a variety of centers nationwide (most immediately at several sites in Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network) and be centralized and made available through AGRE. This creates a one-stop shop for researchers to access an exponentially growing resource and allows the studies to focus on collection.


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Autism Speaks
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