As recently as the mid-1990s, autism was thought to be a rare disorder that led to severe mental disability. But since then, its reported incidence has ballooned, and it is thought to encompass conditions that vary widely in character and severity. Still, its causes, treatments and even definition remain to be pieced together.
This collection of articles was produced as an editorial collaboration between SFARI.org and Nature. It originally appeared in Nature Outlook: Autism.