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Deep Dive

In-depth analysis of important topics in autism.

The enemy within

by  /  9 March 2016

The possibility that autism is caused by a maternal immune system gone awry is no longer a fringe idea — but proposals to identify or fix these glitches are still controversial.

The missing generation

by  /  9 December 2015

Left to languish in psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had, many older adults with autism were neglected or forgotten for decades. Efforts to help them are finally underway.

Of mice and women

by  /  19 October 2015

A new government mandate requires researchers to include females in their animal studies — or explain why they don’t. What will this mean for autism research?