Aussies develop genetic autism test

Aussies develop genetic autism test

Wed September 12, 2012 4:04pm

``If there is a possibility of having an early marker that can help us monitor these children for any significant signs of ASD then I think that would be a significant help,'' she said.

Stephanie Baker, 33, said having a genetic test could have helped diagnose her two young boys earlier with an autism spectrum disorder.

Three-year-old Hamish was diagnosed with autism when he was two, while Robert, 5, was only diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome three months after turning five.

``The earlier you can diagnose, the better,'' she told AAP.

``I probably would have got somewhere with him (Robert) a couple of years sooner if there was something like this.''

The study used data from about 7,000 people with autism and identified 237 genetic markers in 146 genes.

About one in 150 children have an ASD, affecting about 120,000 Australians.

Researchers from Monash University, Melbourne Health and Austin Health were also involved in the study.  

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