Experts at Rush University in Chicago have launched a study of the first newborn screening test to find Fragile X. Researchers have determined that is the most common genetic cause of autism.
The test identifies the Fragile X mutation with blood collected from infant right after birth. While the study does not offer any treatment at this point, study authors believe that just finding the mutation early could mean quicker intervention to lessen the severity of autism. Researchers say their ultimate goal is to someday have universal screening for Fragile X in all infants in the U.S.
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