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January 2021
Illustration shows the hands of researchers selecting parts of a DNA helix for secure shredding.
News

‘Sanitizing’ functional genomics data may prevent privacy breaches

by  /  8 January 2021

A new technique for masking portions of raw genomic data increases shareability without sacrificing privacy.

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December 2020
researcher facing off with the coronavirus.
Features / Special Reports / Hindsight is 2020: The year in review

Rewind: Spectrum’s best from 2020

23 December 2020

Our staff picks the stories, podcasts and special reports that stood out from the rest this past year.

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Two children are interacting with a toy in the shape of a brain.
Opinion / Q&A

How redefining autism could improve research on the condition

by  /  8 December 2020

Ami Klin wants researchers, clinicians and policymakers to think of autism as something inborn that only predisposes a child to certain traits. Early intervention can change the course of development.

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November 2020
Illustration shows woman in profile with her voice forming a large diverse group of people including those with disabilities.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Autistic people are coming into their own as political players

by  /  17 November 2020

With the election of Jessica Benham and others to U.S. state legislatures, autistic politicians stand poised to advocate for policy and research on priorities that matter most to them.

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illustration shows isolated figure alone in the prison yard, watching other inmates exercise and socialize.
Features / Deep Dive

Autism behind bars

by  /  11 November 2020

Prisons are often ill-equipped to handle autistic inmates, who are at risk for mental health problems and abuse.

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September 2020
Illustration shows two long rows of vials with genetic information inside, the shadows they cast are in the shape of humans.
Features / Deep Dive

How scientists secure the data driving autism research

by  /  30 September 2020

Protecting the privacy of autistic people and their families faces new challenges in the era of big data.

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July 2020
two researchers in two separate elevators, wearing COVID-19 protective gear
News

Researchers grapple with anxiety, new policies as universities reopen

by  /  13 July 2020

With pandemic restrictions lifting, many researchers are cautiously returning to work.

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May 2020
a microscope shines light on a stack of bills
News

Funding for autism research, explained

by  /  25 May 2020

Biomedical research costs money. And applying for research funding can be a long and complicated process.

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April 2020
anti vaccine protesters
Opinion

How anti-vaccine activists are using COVID-19 to boost their movement

by ,  /  28 April 2020

While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.

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U.S. funding agency offers researchers flexibility during pandemic

by  /  7 April 2020

The National Institutes of Health is offering autism researchers who are coping with the coronavirus pandemic flexibility with their grant applications, budgets and progress reports.

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