Sloping Gaining Slip? New Research Uncovers Genetic Identifier, Common Physical Traits for Autism; May Allow Clinicians to Determine Risk for Babies Still In Utero
Managing Editor's Note: We brought you a post last month describing one possible outcome of genetics tests for autism and a request to slow down the Autism CARES bill until critical details are reviewed. Please HELP Restrict Autism CARES bill from Funding Abortion Research :
A press release sent out on July 3rd talks about the genetics of children diagnosed with autism, constipation, GI issues and sleep disturbance - which sounds like many of our vaccine injured children, doesn't it? Perhaps the genetics is about which kids are susceptible to vaccine injury that results in autism, constipation and sleep disturbances? This is a slipperty slope. A topic fraught with controversy. And worth considering and discussing.
SEATTLE, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A researcher at Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute has found a genetic identifier for autism that includes physical features that may eventually allow clinicians to identify babies who are at risk for autism before they are born. This is the first time a genetic mutation has been linked to autism.
Dr. Raphael Bernier, clinical director of Seattle Children's Autism Center and Associate Professor at the University of Washington, who led the research in collaboration with 13 institutions worldwide, has discovered a mutation of the CHD8 gene that, in addition to significantly increasing a child's risk of developing a specific subtype of autism, also causes several physical traits and symptoms that are unique to children with the same subtype of autism.
The physical traits – subtle facial features, such as larger heads and prominent foreheads – are features that, combined with confirmation of a CHD8 gene mutation, could allow clinicians to screen babies still in utero for a higher risk of developing autism, much like clinicians now screen for physical and genetic indicators of disorders like Down's Syndrome.
"This is a big leap forward in our insight into the causes of autism," said Bernier, who led the study published today in the scientific journal Cell. "It's possible we may be able to look at features in utero and determine a higher risk of autism, possibly even early detection."
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