"What Makes A Gene An Autism Candidate? Not Everyone Agrees" - Casandra Willyard
Novelty is a slippery concept in genetics: Literally, it simply means that a gene's connection to a certain condition has never previously been noted. But many researchers say that being first to implicate a gene isn't enough. Genes also must pass a stringent statistical bar to become candidates, or they remain merely curiosities. "Statisticians have developed standards for ruling out chance associations in genetics, but not all researchers employ them," says Joseph Buxbaum, MD, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
- Joseph Buxbaum, MD, Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai