Community Bulletin: Twitter feeds from the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting | Spectrum

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Hello and welcome to SpectrumCommunity newsletter of. In this edition, we bring you some thoughts on social media from # ASHG21, which took place virtually (again) last week – something several attendees lamented online.

According to discussions on Twitter, the posters were particularly problematic. On the one hand, the sessions offered no way to spontaneously video chat with presenters – a serious shortcoming, said Gholson Lyon of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York City. “It seems obvious to do that! “

Others even struggled to tune in. “Am I stupid? Asked Clement Chow, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. People who tweeted the sessions breadcrumbs to her complained, noting that browsing was ‘painful’, the search function wasn’t working and they seemed trapped in an endless loop of clicks between sites. .

John Belmont, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, did not hold back in a tweet on the virtual assistant chatbot.

And the lack of easy interaction with his colleagues disappointed Tuuli Lappalainen, associate professor of systems biology at the University of Colombia. “For me, lectures are less about specific scientific content and more about connecting with people,” she tweeted.

At least for conference attendees who missed the opportunity to visit Montreal, Canada, where the meeting was originally scheduled to take place, genetic epidemiologist Marie-Julie Favé of the Ontario Cancer Research Institute has them covered. .

The scientific content of the meeting did not disappoint. Spectrum has covered some autism-specific findings, including the unpublished results of two independent teams on the divergent effects of autism-related genes on cognition and disease contributions from non-coding regions of the genome.

Jack Kosmicki, a statistician at the Regeneron Genetics Center in Tarrytown, New York, praised his team’s study, published Oct. 18 in Nature, which sequenced the exomes of 454,787 British biobank participants – and, unlike much previous work, analyzed all of the ancestries represented, not just the European ones.

Regeneron collaborator and scientist Veera Rajagopal wrote a thread offering “four key ideas” of “historic achievement”.

Don’t forget to register for our October 28 webinar, with Zachary J. Williams, medical student and doctoral student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, who will speak about measuring alexithymia in people with autism.

That’s it for this week’s community newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in the autism research arena, please feel free to email [email protected] See you next week!

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