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First genetic test for autism

12 September 2012


Researchers from the University of Melbourne have developed a genetic test to predict autism spectrum disorder in children.  The results were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the result of research of US data from more than 3,000 individuals with autism in their study, which identified 237 genetic markers in 146 genes ad cellular pathways.

Lead researcher Professor Stan Skafidas, Director of the Centre for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne said the test could be used to assess the risk for developing the disorder.? ?“This test could assist in the early detection of the condition in babies and children and help in the early management of those who become diagnosed,” he said.? ?“It would be particularly relevant for families who have a history of Autism or related conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome,” he said.

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