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New First-of-Its-Kind Autism Diagnostic Test Examines Child’s Exposure to Environmental Toxins

by The Defender Staff

Researchers have developed the first diagnostic test for autism that analyzes environmental exposure history — what researchers call the exposome — to aid in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

StrandDx, developed by New York startup LinusBio, uses a single strand of hair to analyze patterns of hair growth that reflect the history of exposure to metals and other toxins associated with autism and how the body metabolizes them over time.

ASD is currently diagnosed through clinically observable behavior patterns in social interaction and communication. Research historically has focused on identifying the genetic components of ASD, however, there is no genetic test for autism…

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