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Neurodevelopmental disorders and genetic testing: Current approaches and future advances


Address correspondence to Dr Sherr, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, Rm 214B, (Campus Box 3206), San Francisco, CA 94158. E-mail:


Genetic testing for intellectual disability, global developmental delay and other neurodevelopmental disorders has advanced considerably in the last five to ten years and can be an important diagnostic tool for clinicians. This article provides a clinical and ethical framework for understanding these advances, future directions and the current limitations of these approaches. Ann Neurol 2013;74:164–170