May 18, 2012

Genetic Test May Spot Raised Autism Risk

Geared toward siblings of kids with the disorder, but experts question precision of the exam

By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that a new DNA test may be able to spot an increased risk of autism in children as young as 6 months old.

The genetic screen, called ARISk, is designed for babies and toddlers who have a sibling with autism, a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and repetitive behaviors. The new test found 57 key gene variations that were associated with the condition in more than 1,000 families. [ READ MORE ]  |  Image:

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