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A Blood Test for Autism? Not So Fast

By |2019-04-01T16:11:24-04:00Feb 20, 2018|Genetics|

Among families and professionals, in schools and therapeutic settings, there is already a great deal of confusion about the relationship between genetic test results and developmental diagnoses. We challenge the the notion that autism itself can be directly diagnosed through a blood test.

Understanding a Fragile X Intermediate Result

By |2020-05-18T10:16:08-04:00Feb 15, 2017|Genetics|

Fragile X DNA analysis is one of the most commonly ordered medical genetic tests. It is recommended as a standard part of the genetic work-up of children with developmental delay, autism or intellectual disability. Adult neurologists and reproductive specialists increasingly recommend Fragile X testing, as awareness has grown about Fragile X-associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) and Fragile X-associated Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (FXPOI). Fragile X carrier testing during pregnancy has also become relatively commonplace in the US and elsewhere, even for women without a family history suspicious for Fragile X disorders.

What Defines a Carrier?

By |2019-04-18T15:54:00-04:00Jun 26, 2013|Genetics|

Why is there so much variability among male and female Fragile X carriers? There are a number of factors involved. Because the Fragile X gene is X-linked, gender plays a big role in determining who might show symptoms. Male premutation carriers, because they have only one X chromosome, are much more commonly affected by FXTAS than are female carriers.