By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Current study results on Applied Bioinformatics have been published. According to news reporting from University Park, Pennsylvania, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "A clear and predictive understanding of the etiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by varying deficits in social interaction and communication as well as repetitive behaviors, has not yet been achieved. There remains active debate about the origins of autism, and the degree to which genetic and environmental factors, and their interplay, produce the range and heterogeneity of cognitive, developmental, and behavioral features seen in children carrying a diagnosis of ASD."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Pennsylvania State University, "Unlocking the causes of these complex developmental disorders will require a collaboration of experts in many disciplines, including clinicians, environmental exposure experts, bioinformaticists, geneticists, and computer scientists. For this workshop we invited prominent researchers in the field of autism, covering a range of topics from genetic and environmental research to ethical considerations. The goal of this workshop: provide an introduction to the current state of autism research, highlighting the potential for multi-disciplinary collaborations that rigorously evaluate the many potential contributors to ASD. It is further anticipated that approaches that successfully advance the understanding of ASD can be applied to the study of other common, complex disorders."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Herein we provide a short review of ASD and the work of the invited speakers."
For more information on this research see: Uncovering the etiology of autism spectrum disorders: genomics, bioinformatics, environment, data collection and exploration, and future possibilities. Pacific Symposium On Biocomputing Pacific Symposium On Biocomputing, 2014;():422-6 (see also Applied Bioinformatics).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Pendergrass, Center for Systems Genomics, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Girirajan and S. Selleck.
Keywords for this news article include: Genetics, Pennsylvania, United States, University Park, Applied Bioinformatics, North and Central America.
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