By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Startup SynapDx said today it has licensed technology from Children's Hospital Boston for the development of blood-based tests for the early detection of autism spectrum disorders.

Citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, SynapDx said about one in every 110 children in the US has the disorder.

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