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U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.

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October 2019
black and blue striped dress on pregnant woman shows DNA helix
Opinion / Q&A

Rare access to fetal tissue yields valuable insights into autism

by  /  15 October 2019

Molecular biologist Jonathan Mill is probing gene expression’s role in autism in uncharted territory — the fetal human brain.

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September 2019
Colorful figure with a circle shape (a pill) and an orange X in the background symbolizing Fragile X
Opinion / Q&A

Diabetes drug delivers multiple benefits for people with fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 September 2019

Researcher Randi Hagerman is a big proponent of metformin — a diabetes drug that she is testing in people with fragile X syndrome. In fact, Hagerman takes the drug herself as a preventive measure against cancer.

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Scientist Annie Ciernia runs in the forest, wearing lab coat and carrying a stack of papers that are also flying along behind her
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Annie Ciernia

by  /  10 September 2019

Annie Ciernia describes the greenhouse origins of her scientific career and why a unicorn makes a good lab mascot.

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August 2019
Mikle South shows off his soccer moves inside the MRI room
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mikle South

by  /  6 August 2019

Mikle South spends his days teaching classes, studying the relationship between anxiety and autism, and coping with living in a conservative state.

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June 2019
Goofy portrait of Adam Guastella at his desk in shorts and jacket with tie
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Adam Guastella

by  /  11 June 2019

Clinical psychologist Adam Guastella is driven to develop treatments that work for all autistic people — and to throw birthday parties for a few of those people.

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April 2019
portrait of Dr. Lilia Lakoucheva
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Lilia Iakoucheva

by  /  16 April 2019

Lilia Iakoucheva spends her days running outdoors and solving the molecular complexities of autism, sometimes at the same time.

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February 2019
Pattern of eyes making eye contact and looking away
Opinion / Q&A

Analysis offers new hope for failed fragile X drug

by  /  26 February 2019

Eye tracking shows that mavoglurant, a once-abandoned experimental drug for fragile X syndrome, enters the brain and boosts social interest, says Elizabeth Berry-Kravis.

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January 2019
Gabriela Rosenblau in her lab.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Gabriela Rosenblau

by  /  8 January 2019

Gabriela Rosenblau relives the joys — and pains — of setting up a new lab.

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December 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

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November 2018
Portrait of Dr. Michael Gandal in his lab.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Michael Gandal

by  /  20 November 2018

Michael Gandal, who studies the genetics of brain conditions, offers unusual advice on team building: Lock everyone up in a room together.

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