This year’s hot topics in autism research center around brain organoids, heart rate, the gut microbiome, treatment timing and early detection.
Many scientists have pointed out possible errors of analysis and interpretation in a high-profile study that suggested microbes can ease autism-like behaviors in mice.
Scientists are playing catch-up as microbiome-based treatments for autism proliferate.
A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.