Donation To Bolster NIH's National Autism Research Database

The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange -- an initiative of the advocacy group Autism Speaks -- has donated its data to NIH's National Database for Autism Research, Health Data Management reports.

The resource exchange includes genotype and phenotype data from more than 2,000 families affected by autism, including an entire genome scanning of 356 families (Goedert, Health Data Management, 12/12).

NIH's database integrates and standardizes data from several private and public autism databases. The project aims to accelerate autism research by providing a common platform for researchers to share data and collaborate (NIH release, 12/12).

According to NIH officials, the AGRE donation will position the NIH database to be the most extensive autism-related database in the world (Health Data Management, 12/12).

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