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March 2017
Week of FebruaryFeb

Behavior boost; double data; common interests

by ,  /  3 March 2017

Neuroscientists should not forget that brains have owners, a new genetic database makes its debut, and the intense interests of people with autism offer opportunities.

February 2017

Many people with harmful genetic variants show no ill effects

by  /  22 February 2017

Most adults with genetic variants tied to certain conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, go undiagnosed.

January 2017

Online atlas reveals huge array of protein connections

by  /  13 January 2017

A new web-based tool charts the myriad contacts among human proteins.

December 2016
Heavy pill on scale

Hot topics of 2016

by  /  26 December 2016

These five trending topics hint at important discoveries to come.


Notable papers of 2016

by  /  26 December 2016

Our picks for the top 10 papers of the year highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

October 2016
Week of OctoberOct

Clinical conundrum; double data; mission control

by  /  21 October 2016

Some say a focus on basic neuroscience is crushing clinical research, a gene database gets a big upgrade, and Autism Speaks revises its goals.

A mutation in a human-specific DNA

Autism risk may originate in stretches of uniquely human DNA

by  /  6 October 2016

Mutations in certain newly evolved stretches of the genome may play a role in autism, although some experts are skeptical of this theory.

September 2016

Huge data-sharing venture lays bare human genetic variation

by  /  8 September 2016

A landmark collection of gene sequences from more than 60,000 people can help researchers spot mutations linked to autism.

June 2016

Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.


As autism candidates emerge, cancer pathway rises to top

by  /  13 June 2016

Researchers are beginning to understand how mutations in a cancer-linked pathway called WNT contribute to autism.