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Peter Hess

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Peter Hess is a reporter for Spectrum, where he covers cannabinoids, autism prevalence, social hormones and other topics. Before joining Spectrum in 2019, he was associate science editor at Inverse, where he wrote and edited stories for a broad audience on a wide range of scientific topics, including drugs, evolution and environmental science. His work has also appeared in The Washington PostNew ScientistPopular Science and Motherboard. Peter has an M.A. in science journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. Get in touch with him at [email protected] and find him on Twitter at @PeterNHess.

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August 2022
Week of AugustAug
8th
2022

Spotted around the web: Neuroscience tools, cerebellar enhancers, private equity

by , ,  /  12 August 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 8 August.

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Pathological demand avoidance in autism, explained

by  /  11 August 2022

Some clinicians say the term describes a subtype of autism, but others dispute its validity and say it is harmful to the autistic community.

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Scientist Gül Dölen smiles while looking towards the window in her lab's office.

In deep water with Gül Dölen

by  /  3 August 2022

A researcher’s existential crisis led to a scientific breakthrough.

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July 2022
Week of JulyJul
25th
2022

Spotted around the web: Chromosomal hot spots, parental stress, autism guidelines in Australia

by ,  /  29 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 25 July.

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New software flags autism rat model’s telltale squeaks

by  /  29 July 2022

By breaking rodent vocalizations into parts, TrackUSF distinguishes rats with mutations in the SHANK3 gene from their wildtype counterparts.

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A brain scan displays images of the amygdala with different sections highlighted in blue, red, orange and other colors.

Anxiety drives amygdala differences in autistic youth

by  /  27 July 2022

Regions of the brain’s fear center expand in autistic children and teenagers with anxiety, but not in their autistic or non-autistic peers without anxiety.

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An abstract "funding mechanism" featuring dollar bills alongside tubes, beakers and wires

New program offers $35K grants to study ‘profound autism’

by  /  18 July 2022

People who have ‘profound autism’ — those with severe intellectual disability, limited communication abilities or both — tend to be excluded from research. The Autism Science Foundation seeks to change that.

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Week of JulyJul
11th
2022

Spotted around the web: Mitochondrial genome, anorexia nervosa, drowning prevention

by , ,  /  15 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 11 July.

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Week of JulyJul
4th
2022

Spotted around the web: Autism prevalence, RELN gene, fallout from changing abortion laws

by ,  /  8 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 4 July.

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Forging a path for vasopressin drugs for autism: Q&A with Suma Jacob

by  /  5 July 2022

After the vasopressin antagonist balovaptan flopped in a late-stage clinical trial, Suma Jacob and her colleagues took stock of all the factors that might have complicated the results.

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