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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

Features / Deep Dive

In search of truce in the autism wars

by  /  24 April 2019
The fight between those who define autism as a medical condition and those who see it as a mere difference has reached vitriolic levels. Can the two sides come together to support all autistic people?
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Call for action: Scientists need to push for open-access science

by ,  /  23 April 2019
Libraries and funding agencies are finally flexing their muscles against journal paywalls. Authors should follow suit.
Opinion / Q&A
portrait of Dr. Lilia Lakoucheva

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Lilia Iakoucheva

by  /  16 April 2019
Lilia Iakoucheva spends her days running outdoors and solving the molecular complexities of autism, sometimes at the same time.
April 2019
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News

New figures for autism prevalence in China point to previous neglect

by  /  11 April 2019

About 1 in 100 children in China has autism, suggesting the condition is more common in the country than previously thought.

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Despite measles outbreaks, vaccine exemptions easy to obtain in U.S. states

by ,  /  5 April 2019

As measles outbreaks continue across the United States, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state — as in several others.

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March 2019
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Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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Features / Deep Dive

False hope for autism in the stem-cell underground

by  /  27 March 2019

Parents of autistic children are paying tens of thousands of dollars for stem cell therapies that often use medical waste. Despite the risks, regulators have been slow to act.

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Statistics experts urge scientists to rethink the p-value

by ,  /  25 March 2019

The American Statistical Association is asking researchers to revamp how they use common statistical methods.

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In autistic children, low intelligence forecasts later difficulties

by  /  25 March 2019

Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen as they grow older.

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Human embryo editing
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Prominent scientists call for ban on human gene editing

by  /  25 March 2019

A group of the world’s leading geneticists is calling for a moratorium on the editing of DNA in human embryos.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

6 June 2019

About 1 in every 100 children in China has autism, a prevalence on par with that in the United Kingdom and somewhat shy of that in the United States, according to a new study1. The findings suggest that autism is more common in China than previously thought. Autism was not recognized in China until 1982. […]

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How the college admissions cheating scandal hurts students with disabilities

by , ,  /  15 March 2019

In the wake of this week’s college admissions cheating scandal, families and advocates are worried about a backlash that could make it harder for students with legitimate disabilities to get the accommodations the need.

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Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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