Monday, October 6, 2014

Canadian Researcher Could Win Nobel Prize For Autism Research Today

A Canadian researcher will find out Monday morning if he has won a Nobel Prize.

Dr. Stephen Scherer is director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

He is one of three researchers who have been recognized for the discovery of large-scale copy number variations and their association with specific genetic diseases.

Scherer is known for his work on the genetic underpinnings of autism spectrum disorder, which includes the role of copy number variations — the deletions or duplication of genes in sections of DNA.

In subsequent papers, his team showed that about 10 per cent of children with autism have only one copy of a specific gene.

Scherer was recently selected as a 2014 “Nobel-class” citation laureate in physiology or medicine by Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science.

The organization has correctly predicted 35 Nobel Prize winners since 2002.

Scherer says just to have a Canadian on the list is huge because there’s been an incredible investment in science, and that it is humbling to be included among such an esteemed list of scientists.

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