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Prenatal tests for autism 'close'

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A leading academic has warned that the prospect of a prenatal test for autism is drawing closer. In an article to be published on the BBC Health website Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, of the Autism Research Centre, says a test could be up and running within five years, so a debate is needed now about its merits and drawbacks. Professor Joy Delhanty, professor of human genetics at University College London, says when you screen for anything there is always a risk that you lose some unique characteristics.

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