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The treasures of monkey island

by  /  22 June 2016

On Cayo Santiago island, scientists track the alliances and power struggles of a colony of feral monkeys — collecting data to generate new insights into the social challenges that people with autism face.

Talking sense:
What sensory processing disorder says about autism

by  /  1 June 2016

Some children are highly sensitive to sound, sight or touch, whereas others seem almost numb. Exploring the differences may offer insights into autism.

The gene hunters

by  /  18 May 2016

Criss-crossing the globe on a quest for unusual DNA, researchers have discovered a rare mutation that promises insights into both epilepsy and autism — and points to a treatment.

Autism’s full spectrum

by  /  4 May 2016

Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of research — an ethical failure. New projects are illuminating autism’s diverse shades.

Living between genders

by  /  13 April 2016

‘Trans’ people with autism express a gender at odds with societal expectations, or reject the male-female divide entirely. Many are breaking new ground on how identity is defined — and what it means to also have autism.

The measure of a life

by  /  30 March 2016

Terms such as ‘low-functioning’ often used to describe people with autism, are misleading and stigmatizing. Tracking people’s daily lives over time may offer a clearer picture of life with the condition.

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 invisible link between autism and anorexia

by  /  17 February 2016

Autism and anorexia may seem to have nothing in common, but below the surface, the two conditions are startlingly similar—and sometimes affect the same person.

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

Extraordinary minds:
The link between savantism and autism

by  /  13 January 2016

Some people with autism have an exceptional talent for music, math, art or language. What accounts for their extraordinary brains?