The Autism Resource Exchange (ARGE) is a open gene bank with a large collection of DNA samples from families with more than one autistic child. There is data from over 2000 families.
Standardization, collaboration and data sharing are the three key guiding principles of AGRE. It is focused on the rapid accumulation of high quality data from a large number of families. This is critical for molecular genetic research of complex diseases. They include autism in this but we know autism is not a disease. All the data and biomaterial are made available to qualified researchers around the world when the data is processed. There are 335 active researches from 21 countries who have used AGRE to publish 169 scientific papers, “making it the most widely accessed resource for genetic studies of any mental disorder.” Autism is not a mental disorder. Read More –>
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