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Spectrum: Autism Research News

July 1st

Research roundup

  • Aggressive behaviors in autistic children under 4 years old are associated with nausea. Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Genetic variants associated with autism may influence both neuronal communication and gut dysfunction. Autism Research
  • A new 3D model enables researchers to simulate the moment in development when a human embryo shows features of future body parts. Nature Cell Biology
  • CAS9, the enzyme that cuts DNA in the CRISPR gene editor, can be used to tamp down gene activity. Molecular Cell
  • Exposure to solvents in the workplace during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in the child. Occupational & Environmental Medicine
  • Mutations in the gene MEMO1 may be associated with neurodevelopmental conditions. Neuron
  • Being bullied as a child may increase the risk of depression in later life in those genetically predisposed to the condition. JAMA Network Open
  • Chemical tags on messenger RNA are key to brain development, including neuron formation and memory. Science

Science and society

  • U.S. presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg proposes recruiting volunteers to address gaps in mental health care. The New York Times
  • Facebook is curbing posts that promote ‘miracle cures’ for medical conditions. The Hill
  • Exposure to a common food preservative in utero may be linked to elevated autism risk. WebMD
  • Having a child with autism has influenced U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s views and his platform. Heavy
  • A study that described a method to reanimate pigs’ brains after death raises ethical questions. The New York Times
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance and enforcement actions have fallen dramatically during the Trump administration. Science
  • At least four doctors are under investigation in California for issuing suspect medical exemptions for vaccinations. Kaiser Health News
  • A mother calls for better teacher training after her son was singled out in school for having autism. BBC News
  • South Asian countries should work together to boost scientific collaborations in the region, two researchers argue. Science
  • Women give fewer talks and ask fewer questions during others’ talks than expected at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting. American Journal of Human Genetics
  • Emergency room staff need better training to help individuals with psychiatric issues. STAT

Autism and the arts

  • “Pablo,” a children’s television show voiced and co-written by autistic people, is available on Netflix. Netflix


  • Some leading psychologists don’t disclose income from speeches about their work and relevant consulting gigs in their published papers. Nature
  • To combat publishing fraud in India, the country’s academic regulator has issued a new list of 815 ‘quality’ Indian journals. Nature

Job moves

  • Rebecca Jones is leaving her post as assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine to join Imagen, an artificial-intelligence company focused on health. Imagen