Heading towards new techniques for screening autism-related problems?

Publié le : 8 September 2015

Canadian scientists have discovered new genetic markers of problems related to autism. These discoveries were made by Doctor Stephen Scherer’s team at the Toronto Hôpital des Enfants Malades (Hospital for Sick Children). Research was carried out on 258 autistic children.

 

Dr. Scherer and his team investigated the DNA of these children using two specific genetic tests.  In addition to these tests, the children also underwent a thorough physical examination.

 

Study findings suggest that the genetic diagnosis of autism-related problems could improve if the two genetic tests were used jointly.  This finding was echoed by one of the doctors involved in the research: “Before long, recommendations could well suggest combining both tests in the diagnosis of autism”.

 

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