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June 2022
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Data irregularities surface for study of microRNAs in autism

by  /  15 June 2022

The study, which investigated a microRNA’s links to autism, appears to contain duplicated and fabricated data, according to research integrity analysts. Those issues reflect a larger problem in the literature.

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Null and Noteworthy: INSAR keynote, typical cerebellums, social subdomains

by  /  9 June 2022

In this edition, researchers sink a purported link between cerebellar volume and autism and buoy a theory about measuring social behaviors.

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May 2022

Spectrum wins four national Azbee awards

by  /  13 May 2022

Our editorial team also took home seven regional awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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‘Tainted kids,’ other odd phrases cropping up in autism studies

by  /  2 May 2022

The “tortured phrases” — strangely worded paraphrases of established terms — may be the work of software that attempts to disguise plagiarism.

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April 2022
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Journal retracts paper on plant beauty that cited autism study

by  /  25 April 2022

Previous Spectrum reporting called out this paper and several others — all on unrelated subjects — that mysteriously cite autism papers.

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Why autism therapies have an evidence problem

by  /  14 April 2022

Early interventions for autism lack solid data. The source of this problem is murky but may stem from ongoing debates about evidence quality and entrenched conflicts of interest within the field.

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February 2022

Your questions about the Lancet Commission and ‘profound autism,’ answered

by  /  15 February 2022

Tony Charman and Catherine Lord answer questions from Spectrum’s webinar on the Lancet Commission’s recommendations for autism research.

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January 2022

Researchers retract study of an immune effect on synapse development

by  /  24 January 2022

A failed replication and other problems led autism researcher Beth Stevens and her co-investigator to retract the nearly 10-year-old report.

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Why was a study about autism cited by a paper on plant beauty?

by  /  21 January 2022

Autism studies are appearing in the reference lists of entirely unrelated papers, suggesting what a few scholars worry is a plot to manipulate citations.

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December 2021
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Autism sleep study pulled because of data errors

by  /  21 December 2021

Researchers requested the retraction of their study linking low vitamin A levels to sleep troubles in autistic children after discovering “fundamental errors” in their data.

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