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

Opinion / Viewpoint
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Counseling can ease shock of unexpected genetic results

by  /  23 October 2018
The best way to deliver surprises from genetic findings is to provide adequate information and counseling alongside the results.
Multimedia / Webinars
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Webinar: Stelios Georgiades explores heterogeneity in autism over time

17 October 2018
Watch the complete replay of Stelios Georgiades discussing a model for predicting trajectories in children with autism.
News
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For studies, size matters: Let us count the ways

by  /  17 October 2018
In autism research, as in other fields, small sample sizes can lead to false findings. The size of the sample needed for statistical significance depends on the type of study.
October 2018
Juan Pablo Quintero, Sara Quintero, Soledad Quintero, Rosario Quintero, Yeison Quintero, pose for a group portrait in Ricaurte, Valle del Cauca, on July 28, 2018.
Features / Deep Dive

Unlocking the secrets of fragile X in Colombia

by  /  10 October 2018

A remote Colombian town is home to the world’s largest cluster of people with fragile X syndrome. Scientists are learning from them — and trying to help.

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Studying genetics in the age of big data

by ,  /  4 October 2018

New biomedical techniques, like next-generation genome sequencing, are creating vast amounts of data and transforming the scientific landscape.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

30 January 2019

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Christine Wu Nordahl, who will discuss new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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News

Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

by  /  1 October 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has made it legal for doctors to prescribe an epilepsy drug derived from marijuana. But all other compounds derived from marijuana remain under tight restrictions.

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Autism prevalence program expands to include teenagers

by  /  1 October 2018

The network of researchers keeping tabs on autism prevalence in U.S. children plans to follow up with some of those children in adolescence.

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September 2018
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Why we should not define autism in terms of ‘deficits’

by ,  /  26 September 2018

Autistic children in the United Kingdom are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school because of ‘behavioral problems,’ official figures show.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Quashing sex bias in autism research calls for participant rainbow

by  /  25 September 2018

Autism researchers must attend to the need for sex and gender diversity in study design as a rule rather than as an exception.

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How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

by ,  /  21 September 2018

A pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Disclosure of autism at work holds risks and benefits

by  /  18 September 2018

Telling coworkers you are autistic can bring acceptance, but it may also hinder advancement.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

by  /  11 September 2018

Scientists’ desire for evidence-based medical inquiry runs headlong into an apparently immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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