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Apr 07, 2016
 |  BC Innovations  |  Translation in Brief

Autism online

A large autism genomic data set is openly available to researchers online

By combining advances in cloud technology and the ever-increasing amounts of genetic information, WuXi NextCode has made the Simons Simplex Collection, a database for researchers and clinicians containing five years' worth of genomic data collected from over 2,500 families with an autistic child, available for open access online.

The database arose through a collaboration between WuXi and the Simons Foundation's Autism Research Initiative, in which the foundation collected data from multiple groups of researchers and WuXi collated and integrated it using its cloud-based platform.

According to Hannes Smarason, COO and president of WuXi, the online tool is a major step forward because the previous system contained large amounts of data that couldn't be...

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