Largest Autism Clinical Study to Determine the Viability of Blood Tests for ASD Diagnosis

SynapDx Corp. launches the largest, multi-site, clinical study for autism to date with 660 participating children. The study will determine the validity of a blood test in aiding pediatricians to identify and diagnose autism at a younger age. Autism diagnosis in America on average occurs at 4.5 years of age, but pediatricians and parents report observing symptoms by 18 months. The SynapDx Corp. blood test measures differences in RNA gene expression by tracking the amount of RNA that is copied in various genes and assessing the subsequent protein development. The amount of RNA copied determines how much protein builds, which influences many functions of development, particularly neurological and subsequently behavioral development. For this reason, variants of RNA sequencing have been associated with risk of Autism. If the blood test proves reliable in assessing a child’s risk for autism, it will aid clinicians in making accurate diagnoses alongside early identification of symptoms. The CEO of SynapDx Corp., Stan Lapidus, stresses the importance of early behavioral interventions for Autism, telling 11Alive News that diagnosis “is a very tough call for pediatricians” saying that he hopes the “test will play a small but important role in getting kids into a developmental medicine setting, into a full work-up, at a younger age.” [i]


[i] “Emory to Conduct Study of Possible Autism Blood Test.” N.p., 28 May 2013. Web. 29 May 2013. <>.

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