Group E-newsletter: Twitter dispatches from the American Society of Human Genetics annual assembly | Spectrum
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Hello and welcome to the Spectrum community newsletter. In this issue we come to you with social media thoughts from # ASHG21, which took place (again) virtually last week – which several participants complained about online.
According to Twitter chatter, the posters were particularly problematic. For one, the sessions did not provide an opportunity to chat spontaneously with moderators – a serious shortcoming, said Gholson Lyon of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. “Seems like a no-brainer to do this!”
just realizing that the poster session has no video component and therefore cannot meet or see any moderators. Is it just too expensive to have video chats during the hour-long poster presentations? not good just chatting in the text field…. # ASHG21 or # ASHG2021
– Gholson Lyon (@GholsonLyon) October 18, 2021
Others struggled to get in the mood at all. “Am I stupid?” Asked Clement Chow, Associate Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. People who tweeted breadcrumbs regretted the sessions and found that navigation was “painful,” the search function didn’t work, and they seemed to be caught in an endless click loop between websites.
I’m stupid? I can’t figure out how to watch the poster conversations. no link to the online planner? # ASHG21
– Dr. Clement Chow 周恩慈 (@ClementYChow) October 18, 2021
John Belmont, associate professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, held nothing back in a tweet about the virtual assistant chatbot.
# ASHG21 Virtual Assistant chatbot is pretty bad
– John W. Belmont, MD, PhD (@jwbelmon) October 18, 2021
And the lack of easy interaction with colleagues disappointed Tuuli Lappalainen, Associate Professor of Systems Biology at the University of Colombia. “For me, conferences are less about the specific scientific content and more about getting in touch with people,” she tweeted.
I wish we could have # ASHG21 in person. They do a good job of organizing that, but it’s just not the same. For me, conferences are less about the specific scientific content and more about contact with people.
– Tuuli Lappalainen (@tuuliel) October 18, 2021
At least for conference attendees who missed the opportunity in Montreal, Canada, to tour where the meeting was originally supposed to take place, genetic epidemiologist Marie-Julie Favé of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research has them covered.
Hello Hello # ASHG21!
Sad to be missed in Montréal this year?
Before I got to the lectures this morning, I decided to get on my bike and take you on a quick tour to show you what you were missing out on!
Let’s go with the glorious sun, a bright blue sky and falling leaves! # ASHG21 pic.twitter.com/rcKoqzhRPP
– Marie-Julie Favé, PhD (@MJ_Fave) October 20, 2021
The scientific content of the meeting did not disappoint. Spectrum covered some autism-specific results, including unpublished results from two independent teams on the different effects of autism-related genes on cognition and contributions to disease that originate 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 October 18 in Nature, which sequenced the exomes of 454,787 participants in the UK biobank – and unlike much earlier work, all of them represented ancestors, not just the European ones.
Congratulations to @jdbackman, Manuel Ferreira, @gabecasis, @RegeneronDNA and Co. on @Nature 450k Exom @uk_biobank paper ????????????
Particularly exciting to see ALL ancestors analyzed (not just EUR like most of the other UKB exome papers so far) https://t.co/r62fsuH4wE pic.twitter.com/nmdx25HbXn
– Jack Kosmicki (@jakphd) October 18, 2021
The collaborator and Regeneron scientist Veera Rajagopal wrote a thread that offers “four key insights” from the “landmark success”.
Today marks a milestone in the history of human genetics. An analysis of more than half a million human exomes has been published in @Nature by Regeneron scientists.
A thread on * four key takeaways * from this phenomenal achievement. https://t.co/sfHy0uCBzo
– Veera M. Rajagopal (@doctorveera) October 19, 2021
Don’t forget to sign up for our October 28 webinar with Zachary J. Williams, a medical student and graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, who will be speaking about measuring alexithymia in autistic people.
That’s it for this week’s community newsletter! If you have suggestions for interesting social contributions in the field of autism research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet next week!
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