Australian researchers develop first genetic test for autism

Further studies are needed before the blood test becomes available, which could take another five years, but researchers say early results indicate the test can predict the likelihood of developing an ASD with a 72% success rate.

The team of researchers, led by the University of Melbourne, made another significant finding, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry this week, that could potentially lead to drug treatments for ASD.

The scientists identified genes that protect against ASD, in addition to genes linked to an increased