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Big changes ahead in 2015

by  /  22 December 2014

2014 was a remarkable year for autism research, and behind the scenes at, too, there were seismic shifts. Here’s how these changes will unfold over the coming year.

Notable papers of 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

It’s no easy feat to whittle down the list of the most influential autism papers to a mere 10. So please consider this but a taste of the burgeoning field, presented in chronological order and based on suggestions from many researchers.

Editors’ picks: Our favorite stories from 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

This year was full of big headlines in autism research. But the biggest stories aren’t necessarily the best — here are some gems you may have missed over the year.

Unsung heroes of autism research

by  /  22 December 2014

When big research findings hit the press, it’s usually just the lead investigators who get the kudos. But they know their work stands on the shoulders of many, many individuals whose crucial roles go mostly unappreciated.

An illustration of painted faces lined up like a yearbook

Hot topics in 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

From diagnosing autism on YouTube to a drug made from broccoli, 2014 was no stranger to controversy. But within some of these unusual studies lie important kernels for autism research.

Tomorrow’s tools

by  /  22 December 2014

For 2014, rather than compile the ‘top tools and techniques’ — a list certain to include CRISPR and other technical tricks detailed in our weekly Toolboxes — we asked researchers to dream up the next big tool in autism research. Their wishes range from protein sequencers to scanners that can capture brain activity during daily activities.

Lessons from other fields

by  /  22 December 2014

2014 has been a big year for autism research, with a long list of notable papers and advances. Still, there’s plenty for autism researchers to learn from the successes — and struggles — of their colleagues in other fields.

Quotes of the year 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

Here’s a selection of our quotes, both pithy and funny, from news and opinion articles published in 2014.

Illustration by Susan Brown

Art on the spectrum

by  /  22 December 2014

Nestled between galleries in Manhattan’s art district is a studio like no other. It brims with the energy of 40 artists, all of whom have autism.

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