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Inconsistent prevalence estimates highlight studies’ flaws

by  /  28 August 2018

How researchers design autism prevalence studies has a significant impact on the results, says Eric Fombonne.

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August 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mu Yang

by  /  21 August 2018

Mu Yang spends her days watching mice and her evenings building muscle.

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July 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Nicola Grissom

by  /  17 July 2018

Mouse-model researcher Nicola Grissom snacks on chocolate-covered espresso beans and pops bubble wrap to stay focused.

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April 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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February 2018
Opinion / Q&A

‘Baby sibs’ who evade autism remain at risk for attention deficit

by  /  13 February 2018

Sally Ozonoff is looking for early signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in videos of hundreds of younger siblings of children with autism.

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U.S. agency backtracks on broad interpretation of ‘clinical trial’

by  /  6 February 2018

Autism researchers need no longer worry that their basic research will become entangled in the red tape associated with clinical trials.

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January 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Repeat scans of individual brains may reveal lessons for autism

by  /  2 January 2018

Scanning the brains of a single individual over months to years may illuminate daily fluctuations in activity relevant to conditions such as autism, says Russell Poldrack.

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December 2017
Opinion / Q&A

How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

by  /  12 December 2017

Asking people with autism and their families about the challenges they face could help researchers test treatments for the condition.

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October 2017
Ilustration of scientists balancing precariously on a ladder and painting.
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‘Tone’ of phrase may differ in autism, but meaning is clear

by  /  3 October 2017

Adults who have autism speak with unusual emphases and tone, but their speech still conveys the intended emotions.

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September 2017
Opinion / Q&A

‘Antisocial’ bees point to ancient roots for some autism genes

by ,  /  19 September 2017

Honey bees that fail certain social tests have genetic profiles similar to those of people with autism.

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August 2017
Illustration of baby with an EEG cap.
Opinion / Q&A

Can an epilepsy drug prevent autism features?

by  /  29 August 2017

An epilepsy drug may prevent seizures in infants with tuberous sclerosis and alleviate their autism features, says Martina Bebin.

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