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Diagnosis-Early Intervention from Birth?

 

Image courtesy NIMH  A burst of research into the genetics of autism is providing insights into its underlying causes and biology. Some companies are rushing to turn these findings into DNA screens that might one day provide a diagnosis at birth—and with it an unprecedented opportunity for early intervention to improve outcomes. In a special open-access edition on autism, Nature asks Autism Speaks VP of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih, Ph.D., to provide perspective on what such tests can and cannot do and what they have to offer families today. Read more …