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Nobel laureate’s study earns expression of concern over data integrity issues

by  /  19 October 2023

Data sleuths have flagged apparent errors in the study, which was led by neuroscientist Thomas Südhof.

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Article defending private-equity involvement in autism services retracted

by ,  /  19 October 2023
Nearly two-thirds of the article’s references appear to not exist.
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Vast diversity of human brain cell types revealed in trove of new datasets

by  /  12 October 2023
The collection offers a glimpse into differences in cell composition — across people and brain regions — that may shape neural function.
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Uncertainty and excitement surround one company’s cell therapy for epilepsy

by  /  5 October 2023
After 10 years of work, Neurona may have the data to quiet its skeptics. But its ongoing clinical trial will be the ultimate test.

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Life expectancy lags for autistic people in United Kingdom

by  /  15 February 2024

The finding confirms past research that links autism to early death, but it also suggests that the life expectancy gap may be smaller than previously thought.

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Autism-linked proteins mingle with other molecules in overlapping networks

by  /  8 February 2024

A massive new set of interaction maps illuminates especially high convergence in protein networks related to autism and shows how mutations could disrupt those networks.

Top autism-linked genes join forces to shape synaptic plasticity

by  /  29 January 2024

The protein products of ANK2 and SCN2A interact to regulate dendritic excitability.

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Noisy brain may underlie some of autism’s sensory features

by  /  18 January 2024

Random fluctuations in neuronal activity are more variable in a fragile X mouse model than in wildtype mice.

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Immune-activation model mice escape infantile amnesia, retain early memories

by  /  11 January 2024

Male pups born to mothers treated with immune-stimulating molecules show autism-like behaviors and, unlike wildtype animals, do not lose memories formed during early life.

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New tablet-based tools to spot autism draw excitement — and questions

by  /  4 January 2024

Handheld devices promise to bring autism detection home, but many researchers urge caution.

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Year in Review: Spectrum’s best in 2023

by  /  28 December 2023

Here are five must-reads from our coverage of autism research over the past 12 months.

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SYNGAP1 findings illuminate links between mutations, intellectual disability

by  /  21 December 2023

New mouse models join several studies that could point to novel therapeutic approaches.

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Work of autism researcher questioned again

by  /  14 December 2023

Four studies, including results of a clinical trial, were flagged on PubPeer for a variety of criticisms.

Autism research hits the road

by  /  8 December 2023

Some scientists are thinking creatively about how to collect data in flexible environments and meet communities where they’re at.

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