Autism Blood Test on the Horizon
Autism Blood Test on the Horizon

Autism Blood Test on the Horizon

Metabolic signatures in the blood of some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may lead to earlier diagnosis and perhaps targeted dietary therapy, new research suggests.

Investigators found that dysregulation of amino acid metabolism can be used to detect about 17% of children with ASD.

There are currently no reliable diagnostic biomarkers for ASD. On the basis of prior evidence that dysregulation of branched-chain amino acids may contribute to ASD, the researchers tested whether dysregulation of amino acids was a pervasive phenomenon in individuals with ASD.

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