Genetic Test Reveals Geography and Ancestry, Not Autism

Kermit Cole

Last September a paper in Molecular Psychiatry purported to have found a “Genetic Test To Predict Risk for Autism”. In a letter to the journal, however, researchers from the Center for Autism Research and Treatment and Program in Neurobehavioral Genetics at UCLA find that a look at the data set reveals that the genetic variance reflects a difference in geographic location, and ancestry, rather than in autism.

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Of further interest:
“Genetic Test for Autism” Criticized (Discover Magazine)

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