FDNA and The Focus Foundation Join Forces to Help Children with Sex Chromosome Disorders Using Facial Analysis

FDNA’s Face2Gene suite of applications will create facial analysis algorithms that will be used by clinicians globally to help end the diagnostic odyssey for children with undiagnosed sex chromosome disorders

Millions of people worldwide are living with X and Y Chromosomal Disorders, often called Sex Chromosome Disorders, and don’t even know it. These disorders commonly cause issues such as anxiety, ADHD and depression when untreated, with symptoms beginning as early as the first year of life with speech and motor delays. Many of these children may be misdiagnosed as mildly autistic or autistic-like without considering if they have an additive X or Y chromosome. The result of these disorders remaining undiagnosed is that these children become victims of bullying and social isolation, as well as experience academic failure, reading disorders, and needless suffering from numerous health issues throughout their lives.

These neurodevelopmental difficulties can be resolved or significantly reduced if individuals are properly diagnosed and receive targeted biological treatment based on their chromosomal disorder.

Today, The Focus Foundation (http://www.thefocusfoundation.org) announces a collaboration with Boston-based FDNA (http://www.FDNA.com) to accelerate the identification of people affected by X and Y Chromosomal Disorders. By training FDNA’s facial analysis software to pinpoint subtle physical presentations, there will be a greater opportunity for early detection, allowing affected individuals the chance to seek medical interventions that have the potential to be literally life changing.

These syndromes involve an abnormal number or structure of the X and Y chromosomes, and include syndromes such as 47, XXY (Klinefelter syndrome occurring in 1…

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