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Biostatistics approach to genetics yields new clues to roots of autism

Tue, Jun 02 2015

Researchers have developed a statistical method for genetic screens that improves the classic genome-wide association screen, and, applying to autism, have uncovered genes related to the disorder that had not been suggested in previous analyses. The scientists offer evidence that beginning treatment in infants at the first symptoms c...

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Calculating how the Pacific was settled: Sailing against prevailing winds, spotting big islands

Mon, Jun 01 2015

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, an anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Adrian Bell found the two most likely strategies were to travel mostly against prevailing winds and seek easily seen islands, not nece...

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