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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Take a look back at the most important developments in autism research in 2013, including notable papers, top techniques and hot topics.

About the cover art: The image of a hippocampal neuron comes courtesy of the lab of Patricia C. Salinas at University College London. Kiernan Boyle, a research associate at the University of Glasgow, took the image.


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Notable papers of 2013

by  /  19 December 2013

Our annual list of the most influential papers in the autism field is culled from suggestions solicited from SFARI staff, as well as from experts in the field. Below is a selection of just some of these papers, presented in chronological order.

Director’s column: 2013 in review

by  /  19 December 2013

The past half-decade has seen dramatic advances in our understanding of the complexity of genomic variation in autism. Several papers published this year increase our knowledge of relevant genetic variation and indicate where in the brain these variants alter brain function to cause autism-like behaviors, says Louis F. Reichardt.

Hot topics in 2013

by  /  20 December 2012

This year saw the emergence of a few unexpected twists in autism research, and provided fresh insights into some of the usual suspects. Based on suggestions from several researchers and SFARI staff, here’s our list of the top ten topics this year.

Top tools and techniques of 2013

by  /  19 December 2013

In 2013, neuroscience sought clarity, whether by looking directly into a transparent brain, building neurons in the dish with greater precision and accuracy than ever before, or manipulating a mouse’s brain while it’s on the run.

Photographs: On the spectrum

by  /  19 December 2013

In her quest to capture people’s true selves on film, the photographer Stacie Turner launched a project focusing solely on children with autism.

Most-viewed articles of 2013

by  /  19 December 2013

This is a list of the ten stories that most caught our readers’ attention this year.

Top quotes of 2013

by  /  19 December 2013

Our favorite quotes from autism researchers in articles throughout the year.

Lab Libs 2013: A playful look back and ahead

by  /  19 December 2013

What would you do with a carload of money? Which scientist secretly wants to be an NFL coach? Autism researchers fill in the year’s blanks … Mad Libs-style. Read and submit your own.

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