Tag: prenatal diagnosis

August 2019
woman behind a 'curtain' of genome sequence
Features / Deep Dive

The problems with prenatal testing for autism

by  /  14 August 2019

As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.

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July 2019
News

Ultrasensitive blood test may detect autism mutations in utero

by  /  18 July 2019

A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.

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April 2019
Illustration of a human fetus in a screening test
News

Prenatal sequencing for some autism genes may soon be available

by  /  10 April 2019

Two new studies point to the possibility of detecting autism mutations before birth — along with all the ethical and logistical problems that may bring.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
21st
2017
News / Spotted

Mitochondrial risk; anxiety amelioration; fever factor and more

by  /  25 August 2017

Some variants in mitochondrial DNA are more common than others in autism, cognitive therapy reduces anxiety for people on the spectrum, and maternal fever in the third trimester is tied to autism risk.

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Week of JulyJul
31st
2017
News / Spotted

Autism unsurprised; diagnostic camouflage; Neanderthal legacy and more

by  /  4 August 2017

People with autism aren’t easily surprised, the social camouflage some girls and women with autism use may preclude diagnosis, and autism-related genes are rooted deep in human ancestry.

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July 2017
Week of JulyJul
24th
2017
News / Spotted

Edited human embryos; prenatal antidepressants; gut thinking and more

by  /  28 July 2017

Researchers in Oregon edit human embryos, prenatal antidepressants may play a role in autism risk, and gut microbiota are associated with early cognition.

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November 2016
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Ilina Singh probes ethics of sibling studies in autism

14 December 2016

Watch the complete replay of Ilina Singh’s webinar, in which she discussed ethical issues related to early intervention for autism at different developmental stages.

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January 2016
Week of JanuaryJan
18th
2016
News / Spotted

Tough decision; security check; building brains

by  /  22 January 2016

Genetic testing for autism raises tough ethical questions, medical databases need a security upgrade, and mini-brains could bring big discoveries.

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December 2015
Week of DecemberDec
14th
2015
News / Spotted

Cautionary tale; lighter load; name game

by  /  18 December 2015

Prenatal screening for some disorders crosses into dangerous territory, researchers spurn paperwork in favor of science, and a list of hilarious paper titles will make your day.

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November 2015
News

Hormone levels during pregnancy tied to autism risk

by  /  20 November 2015

An analysis of prenatal screening test results fuels the theory that abnormal levels of steroid hormones in the womb wire the developing brain for autism.

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