Kay Kobetic It’s 2019, your child is your child. Just love them how they are 😔
Jennifer Arturo I questioned them heavily about their involvement with drug companies and they are definitely under big pharma’s thumb.
John English the people that own SPARK also own big pharma, they are big pharma’s thumb
Angie Mae Naught I was wondering wtf their deal is.
Belinda Hanger This is one of the reasons I like X men. So much – it really covers the marginalised (neurodiverse and LGBT) more then other comics- watchmen too. And yes agree 💯 with this post. Same stinky/cringy feels mixed with vague feelings of horror and terror. Go away spark. 7
Darby Bailey McDonough Is this an actual advert?
Robert Gehrman Âû I bet they drink it. 🤢
Sayre Franke I am quite sure they are working on a prenatal test. Which leads to the ability to terminate. 😠😡
John English they are openly working on a prenatal test for a cure. they refuse to say how exactly you can “cure” autism, or how the prenatal test will help.
Rachel Kery Sayre Franke actually they’re really not. That’s not to say that there aren’t scientists from SPARK who wouldn’t be interested in prenatal diagnosis…(there are, and they are usually assholes who really don’t understand what autism even is).
The joke is on them though, because the genetics of autism are extremely complicated, and involve mostly common genetic variations (we think Autistics have somewhat more of some of them, so autism is less a disease genetically speaking and more just one end of the healthy human genetic bell curve).
This isn’t like Cystic Fibrosis or other single gene disorders or a dramatic chromosome-rearrangement like you’d see in Downs Syndrome.
To be able to screen for Autism prenatally we’d have to sequence the fetus’s entire genome, and even then we’d be only able to give a % likelihood. It’s just not practical. There are also plenty of scientists like me who want to use this data to help autistic people who have other neuropsychiatric issues like anxiety, depression, or epilepsy.
Understanding the underlying genetic differences that contribute to these sorts of disorders in autistics could make it easier to develop more effective treatments for autistics with these disorders.
I really wish the autism self advocacy network or another organization like it would create its own genetic database and research funding, it would be much easier for those of us in biomed who understand that autism isn’t a disease or something that needs treatment to come up with effective treatments to help autistics with other issues.
We’re having to use SPARK data because it’s what’s available. We’re having to apply for research funding from hate groups like Autism Speaks, because that’s one of the only funding sources available. It really sucks.
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