Mother’s Antibodies May Explain a Quarter of Autism Cases
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|Wed, 07-10-2013 - 4:46pm|
A test for six antibodies in an expectant mom’s blood may predict with more than 99% certainty which children are at highest risk of developing autism.
In a study published in Translational Psychiatry, researchers report that 23% of all cases of autism may result from the presence of maternal antibodies that interfere with fetal brain development during pregnancy. The work builds on a 2008 study from the same scientists that first described the group of antibodies in mothers-to-be. The latest paper describes the specific antibodies and provides more detail on what they do.
What do you think? I think this is indeed exciting news. And if they can block the antibody, that would be even better!