Managing Editor's Note: I recently ran a post on TodayMoms blog about the study of sibling incidence of autism. Following that post, I received an email indicating a desire to share the information below from Pediatric Bioscience. As you will read, they offer a test to predict Maternal Antibody Related autism with 100% accuracy both pre- and post-natal. I personally am unfamiliar with the term "MAR" autism or that it related to 20% of diagnoses. According to the info below, the intial push will be for pre-natal testing. Followed by infant testing so that families can begin treatment early.
Science and commercialism find a need a fill it. We've had monumental advances in healthcare and quality of life because of capitalism. But is this a better mousetrap? Is it progress?
The autism community, from the curiest curebie to staunchest neurodiverse, have openly discussed the topic of prenatal testing and whether it could/would/should lead to eugenics/autbortion? It's a controversial question, just as amnio is/was controversial and yet now pretty readily accepted, and we bring it to all of you for open discussion. Thank you. KIM
Your article was very inspiring and a testimonial to the need for better ways to diagnose autism and predict whether or not a women is at risk for having an autistic child. We at Pediatric Bioscience (PSI) are dedicated to developing and commercializing products to improve the diagnosis of and treatment of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders. PSI is currently developing a commercial test for Maternal Antibody Related autism ( MAR test). The MAR test is comprised of a set of prognostic markers that identify women who may be at an increased risk of having a child with the MAR form of autism, which accounts for up to 20% of all cases (approximately 1 in 500 live births). To date, the test has demonstrated 100% accuracy—meaning that if a mother or prospective mother has developed the antibodies, then her child will be diagnosed with AU or ASD.
We would love the opportunity to share more details about the MAR test with you, and to get some feedback on how best to reach other mothers to tell them of the benefits of the test.