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Alarm Over Autism Test

Science  13 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6151, pp. 1164-1167
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6151.1164

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A research group exploring the hypothesis that certain maternal antibodies can impair fetal brains has partnered with a company to develop a test for predicting whether a woman will have a child with autism. The antibodies, they claim, could account for up to a quarter of all autism cases. But other autism scientists are skeptical that the evidence is strong enough to make such a claim, or to consider an autism test based on the antibodies.