Highlights from the Student Council Symposium 2011 at the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and European Conference on Computational Biology
Background Early detection of autism can improve the quality of life of affected individuals . Qualitative screening methods continue to improve, but still suffer from low sensitivity despite increasing specificity [2,3]. In collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children, we are sequencing the exomes of 1 000 individuals with autism in order to discover genetic variants associated with the disorder. Discovery of associated variants can lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.