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There is widespread hope that the discovery of valid biomarkers for autism will both reveal the causes of autism and enable earlier and more targeted methods for diagnosis and intervention. However, growing enthusiasm about recent advances in this area of autism research needs to be tempered by an awareness of the major scientific challenges and the important social and ethical concerns arising from the development of biomarkers and their clinical application. Collaborative approaches involving scientists and other stakeholders must combine the search for valid, clinically useful autism biomarkers with efforts to ensure that individuals with autism and their families are treated with respect and understanding.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/nrn3113

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Rev Neurosci

Publication Date

20/09/2011

Volume

12

Pages

603 - 612

Keywords

Autistic Disorder, Biomarkers, Humans, Predictive Value of Tests