Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.
The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.
In the past 10 years, scientists have identified some 65 genes tied to autism, and the list continues to grow. Many of these genes play key roles in the brain.
Most of the conversation about autism — whether about services or science — concerns children with the condition. But what happens when children with autism grow up?
Different regions of the brain contribute uniquely to autism’s impact on cognition, emotion and behavior.
Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.
Take a look back at 2016’s most notable papers and memorable quotes.
Advances in autism research usually take center stage on Spectrum, but we don’t often talk about what it takes to get there: years training for a faculty job, long hours at the bench, deferred marriage or children, missed vacations, long-distance relationships and, perhaps, complex childcare arrangements.
In this series, we tell four stories about the connections and conflicts between scientists and parents.
There has been a resurgence of interest in monkey models for autism. This special report rounds up the results.