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A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape

August 17, 2014

a sentence illustrates the dangers of indels With 3 billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding or removing a base could have much of an effect on our health. Yet, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function. It has been difficult to detect these mutations. Now, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists have devised a new way to analyze genome sequences that pinpoints insertions and deletions in people with diseases such as autism and obsessive compulsive disorder. Full Story

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