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Gathering MSSNG Insights into Autism
Monday, March 6, 2017
Verily-supported research sheds new light on autism genetics that could guide better care
Today, Nature Neuroscience published
from the newest study conducted by the world’s largest autism genome sequencing program: the Autism Speaks
project. Verily and Google Cloud Platform are supporting MSSNG with secure storage, scalable processing, easy exploration, and sharing of the invaluable data.
In today’s publication, the research team led by
The Centre for Applied Genomics
(TCAG) at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, reports the sequencing of 5,205 samples from families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) resulting in identification of 18 new candidate autism-risk genes, bringing the total number of autism-linked genes discovered in MSSNG to 61. Importantly, these 61 autism-linked genes also include several that increase risk for additional medical conditions such as heart defects and diabetes. This illustrates how whole genome sequencing of individuals with autism can help guide their personalized medical care.
Ryan Yuen with Steve Scherer, research director for the MSSNG project, both of TCAG at SickKids
was borne out of the MSSNG project’s need to store and process a new scale of data that modern cloud technology is uniquely equipped to handle. At Verily we seek to make the world’s health data useful, so we are excited to see the data from this partnership contribute to the field of autism research. As we develop a deeper understanding of various health conditions, including their genetic blueprint, we hope to improve lives through thoughtful personalized care, tools, and platforms.
In the spirit of open science, the MSSNG data, along with analytic tools, is
to all qualified researchers free of charge. Nearly 100 scientists from academia and industry have received access to the data already and are applying their ideas to unlock the value it contains.
There are thousands more genomes in the queue for upload to the online MSSNG database. We’re excited to see the research community use this data for further discovery as we move forward!
Posted by David Glazer, Engineering Director
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