From January 12th, 2009

New Research Raises Possibility of Prenatal Screening for Autism

Prenatal screening for autism moves a step closer to reality today as new research has found ways of potentially identifying the condition in unborn babies. By Murray Wardrop, Telegraph.co.uk Scientists at Cambridge University discovered that high levels of testosterone in the amniotic fluid of pregnant mothers was linked to autistic traits in their children.The findings raise the possibility of undertaking tests in the womb to detect the condition, which would allow parents the controversial ability to decide whether to terminate foetuses. Scientists are now calling for a national debate on the consequences of the screening process, called amniocentesis, which is…