“Genetic Test for Autism” Criticized

von freakoutcrazy

Last year, there was quite a bit of excitement over a “Genetic Test To Predict Risk for Autism”. The test was revealed in a paper in Molecular Psychiatry, by Australian researchers Skafidas and colleagues.

The claim was that a statistical classifier could spot patterns of genetic variation that differed between people with autism and healthy controls – with 70% accuracy. For a good discussion of the paper, including comments from the lead author, see here.

However, a Letter to Molecular Psychiatry has just cast doubt on the whole thing. The authors write