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Blood Test to Determine Suicidal Tendencies on the Anvil

by Kathy Jones on February 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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 Blood Test to Determine Suicidal Tendencies on the Anvil

Researchers at University of New South Wales in Australia are currently developing a blood test that could help doctors determine whether a person is suicidal.

The Australian researchers have been called in to help a team of Swedish scientists who had earlier found that people who were at a higher risk of committing suicide had 'significantly higher' levels of a neurotransmitter chemical known as quinolinic acid.

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Associate Professor Gilles Guillemin from UNSW said that it will take them around 12 months to develop a blood test that can provide results to doctors within 24 to 48 hours. "We now know the mechanism and the molecule involved, so we have to find a simple way of testing it. We think it will take about 12 months to develop a test that could give doctors results in 24 to 48 hours", Guillemin said.



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