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Researchers develop test to diagnose common genetic cause of autism

October 28, 2019

Fragile X syndrome is a common genetic cause of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.

This syndrome impacts about one in 4,000 children. Approximately 90,000 Australians and over one million Americans are impacted in some way by this syndrome.

A large section of these are women who may not be affected with Fragile X, but carry a DNA ‘premutation’ in their FMR1 gene, which then impacts their children.