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May 2023
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Cortical differences in autism vary by sex

by  /  4 May 2023

Compared with their non-autistic peers, young autistic girls have a thicker cortex that thins more quickly with age.

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Spectrum Launch: Demystifying academia with Laurel Gabard-Durnam

by  /  4 May 2023

The Northeastern University psychology professor’s website offers a wealth of resources about how to navigate an academic career.

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Medley of models reveals misbehaving pathways in autism-linked condition

by  /  4 May 2023

The largest analysis of human samples to date, plus work in mice and zebrafish, detail the gene KMT5B’s role in brain development.

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Heading to INSAR 2023: New research and sessions to address simmering tensions

by  /  2 May 2023

The annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Sweden’s capital — which starts Wednesday — plans to tackle friction over terminology and research priorities.

April 2023
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Community Newsletter: Tortured phrases; inherited variation; atypical speech and self-harm; autism prevalence

by  /  30 April 2023

Researchers on PubPeer noted several autism papers with tortured phrases, and scientists on Twitter discussed new findings on inherited variation in developmental conditions, the link between atypical speech and self-harm, and autism prevalence.

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Going on Trial: Serotonin drug; psilocybin phase 2; placebo response data

by  /  28 April 2023

This month’s issue of the Going on Trial newsletter explores why it’s more fun to have a beer with friends than by yourself — and how that informs an ongoing clinical trial for autism.

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Loss of autism-linked gene dampens social interactions in animals

by  /  28 April 2023

Mice and zebrafish missing the GIGYF1 gene show social traits reminiscent of autism, though the molecular underpinnings are unclear.


Publisher retracts autism paper after spotting ‘tortured phrases’

by  /  27 April 2023

The paper used more than two dozen such terms, which have cropped up in thousands of published papers in recent years.

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Acetaminophen on trial over possible links to autism, ADHD

by  /  26 April 2023

More than 100 parents who used the drug during pregnancy claim it caused their child’s autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, although the science behind the allegations is murky.

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Company on brink takes psilocybin to trial for fragile X syndrome

by  /  25 April 2023

The phase 2A trial has its detractors despite positive animal results and is being sponsored by a company that is struggling financially.