Autism prevails to be the most common disorder than many other genetically occurring disorders. It is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects children in the first two years of their life. Its symptoms are impaired social interaction, restricted and repeated behaviors.
A $25 million study on finding biomarkers that will help diagnose, track and treat the autism disorder will be conducted by the researchers at the University of Washington. The researchers are currently recruiting children with autism as a part of four-year study in Seattle.
Researchers will study children of two age groups ie, ages 3-5 and 6-11 both with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Finally the results will be compared based on the social impairment and social function between both the groups.
The symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are deficits in social interaction, difficulties in communication, sensory issues and cognitive delays.
In the recent estimation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's it was reported that 1 in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder - which is 120% higher than the estimate in 2002 (1 in 150 children).