Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: spoken version

June 2022
A street crowded with pedestrian traffic

Spectrum of variants contribute differently to autism traits

by  /  3 June 2022

Different combinations of common, rare, inherited and spontaneous mutations may explain why traits vary so widely among autistic people.

Comments

Organoids test gene therapies for Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

by  /  2 June 2022

Strategies to replace or compensate for mutated copies of the TCF4 gene could lead to treatments for this profound form of autism, a new study suggests.

Comments
May 2022
An illustration of a colorful, psychedelic landscape featuring two people standing on a hill speaking to one another

Tripping over the potential of psychedelics for autism

by  /  31 May 2022

Drugs such as LSD act primarily on the serotonin system, which is implicated in autism — and some autistic people who experiment with psychoactive compounds report enhanced social connections, among other benefits. But researchers have more questions than answers.

Comments
people stand in as the base pairs in a DNA helix.

Spectrum 10K gets green light from ethics agency

by  /  27 May 2022

After a months-long review, the United Kingdom’s Health Research Authority upheld an earlier ethics approval for the embattled autism genetics study.

Comments
Illustration of a rat in profile with the middle section of its body replaced by a red outline containing small yellow polygons against a navy blue background

Six steps to using machine learning for animal behavior research

by  /  26 May 2022

Machine-learning tools are widely available and can help speed up studies in animal models of autism. Here’s how to get started with the ‘minimal viable product’ and a few pro tips.

Comments
Someone in a yellow shirt stands at a kitchen counter, watching a cooking video on a small tablet computer and following along.

Standard quality-of-life screener validated for autistic adults

by  /  24 May 2022

Researchers updated the tool’s scoring system to better align with the experiences of autistic people.

Comments
Child in dark room with thermometer showing 100.8.

Fever doesn’t ease challenging traits in most autistic children

by  /  17 May 2022

The findings contradict a previous study, whose design may have been biased to find an effect.

Comments

Information loss may weaken autism genetic scores

by  /  13 May 2022

Even the best data practices and technology drop key variants in attempts to predict autism likelihood.

Comments

Clinicians lack confidence in diagnostic interviews with Black mothers

by  /  13 May 2022

Implicit biases might be to blame, and the discrepancy persists across clinics, regardless of maternal education, family income and a child’s IQ score.

Comments

Autism and the complete human genome: Q&A with Evan Eichler

by  /  10 May 2022

Scientists have at last filled in the missing gaps — an advance likely to inform every aspect of autism genetics research, Eichler says.

Comments