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In what’s believed to be the largest such effort to date, a clinical trial expected to launch this week will examine the effectiveness of a possible blood test to detect autism.

The 20-site trial is slated to include 660 patients in an attempt to identify children with autism as opposed to other developmental delays through a blood test.

The effort is part of a broader movement to find ways to diagnose kids at younger ages. Experts say earlier diagnosis is important because children with autism respond best to therapy when it begins early.

The new study being sponsored by the company SynapDx is based on findings from several research groups including the work of a team at Boston Children’s Hospital who found that they could accurately differentiate between kids with autism and children with other developmental delays in about two-thirds of cases.

Those behind the initial research say it’s a good starting point, but much more work remains before a diagnosis will be able to be made on biomarkers alone, reports The Wall Street Journal. To read more click here.

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  1. Whitney says:

    Welcome to Eugenics and Gattica. If you don’t know what these terms are I will explain. Eugenics is form of social Darwinism based upon genetics manipulation. It is often used in Star Trek and sci-fi genre. Gattica was movie that explains the fallacy of genetic manipulation of the perfect human being and had no real social and technological advancement. Genetic screening is double edge sword in technology in treatment of genetic diseases such as parkinsons and alzhiemer. I am sure that the human race is not wise enough to handle this science in correct manner. A blood test is now a step away of health insurance discrimination.

  2. NYCBob says:

    I think it is way too soon to even speculate about this study. The sponsor company, SynapDx, is a start-up that is partially funded by Bain Capital (known for siphoning off money to themselves in fees) and appears to be based on quite questionable science. The study of 660 children who are not dx with autism would yield questionable results, but with good PR yield additional investment. The management team seems more oriented to raising money than research and the “careers” tab on the website doesn’t have any specific positions listed. I would be cautious about giving any publicity to this venture until they actually do something other than raise money (with the assistance of Autism Speaks at their Autism Investment Conference this year).

  3. MercuryNegative says:

    Trails, medicine, research etc.. all require money, so making digarded theories abou the investment group for funds is moot at this point. I for one will be keeping a close eye on this study as autism has affected my family personally. If people are concerned about how the results would pan out, I think the most effective means would be keeping the study completely blind. Use children that have been diagnosed with autism, children who has been cleared of an autism diagnosis, and children who are suspected of having it, but not diagnosed. I can’t think of a more effective means of testing the research.

  4. Sarah says:

    Scant information in the article…what bio markers are the looking for???

  5. Catherine says:

    Well if you are worried about discrimination because of this blood test then welcome to the world of the child with Down syndrome. Remember too that this test is another step closer to a prenatal diagnosis. This is something the autism community needs to decide if that’s something they want. It may have lots of positives but early defection doesn’t always follow with early intervention. It should but it doesn’t.

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