'Groundbreaking' autism test detects disease in single strand of hair
Scientists are humming over new
technology that would help diagnose autism in children sooner than ever.
Mainly based in the Big Apple, LinusBio has created a test
that analyzes a single strand of hair for levels of lead and aluminum
The researchers put the technology to test
in a recent study, using hair samples collected from 486 children in Japan
Sweden and the United States. It was shown that, as it
should be, it predicts the disorder 81% of the time.
“We can locate the clear rhythm of autism with almost 1
centimeter of hair,” LinusBio co-founder Manish Arora excitedly told NBC in a recent interview.
Currently, an autistic child is recognized at around 4 years of
age. The agency is hopeful that it can catch autism early,
Even the Food and Drug Administration has categorized the
test as a "leap forward," a designation that is supposed to speed up a system
“The generation is hugely new. Using the hair and the kind of
measurements they're doing with the hair is groundbreaking
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