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Ann Griswold

Science writer

Ann Griswold is a San Francisco-based freelance science writer specializing in biotechnology and health. Her work has appeared in publications including Scientific American, Slate and The Atlantic. She was a staff news writer for Spectrum from 2015 to 2017, and continues to contribute news and Deep Dive articles.

Ann has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Florida and an M.S. in science journalism from the Johns Hopkins University.

June 2016

Psychiatric problems common in siblings of people with autism

by  /  23 June 2016

Mental health conditions crop up more than twice as often in families that include a child with autism as in the general population.


Questions for Robert Joseph: How extreme prematurity ups autism risk

by  /  21 June 2016

Autism is four times more prevalent among extremely premature babies than in the general population.


New ‘camera’ produces panoramic images of brain activity

by  /  15 June 2016

A program called ClearMap allows researchers to take a snapshot of neuronal activity across the entire brain of an adult mouse.


DNA typo tracker uncovers glitches in gene regulation

by  /  8 June 2016

A new tool allows researchers to identify thousands of genome errors in dozens of people at once.


Questions for Letitia Naigles: Parsing pronoun confusion

by  /  7 June 2016

Children with autism tend to mix up personal pronouns when their language skills outpace their social awareness.

May 2016

Weak immune response in women may up autism risk in children

by  /  27 May 2016

High levels of an inflammatory protein in pregnant women may lower the risk of autism in their children.


Experimental cancer drug restores memory in fragile X mice

by  /  26 May 2016

An early-stage treatment for eye cancer reverses memory problems in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.


Analysis of syndrome weakens gene’s link to autism

by  /  20 May 2016

Mutations in an autism-linked gene called AUTS2 do not cause the condition’s core social features, according to the most comprehensive clinical portrait to date.


New tool lets cognitive skills guide autism treatment

by  /  14 May 2016

A new algorithm relies on abilities rather than diagnoses to steer clinicians toward personalized treatments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Diagnostic manual may need to separate repetitive behaviors

by  /  14 May 2016

A detailed analysis of the behavior of 6,500 children suggests that five types of behaviors lumped together in current diagnostic guidelines should each be considered separately.