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

December 2022
Gavin Rumbaugh stands on a beach with his family: his wife, dog and child.

Beyond the bench: Finding balance with Gavin Rumbaugh

by  /  15 December 2022

Rumbaugh, who studies how the autism-linked gene SYNGAP1 shapes brain development, describes how he has embraced coastal living and which aspects of his career he wouldn’t do over.

An illustration of doctors examining a larger-than-life DNA strand

Whole-genome trove ties new genes, variants to autism

by  /  12 December 2022

A massive update to the MSSNG dataset gives qualified researchers ready access to explore autism’s genetic architecture on a cloud-based platform.

Speech bubble formed by a network of communication

Community Newsletter: Autism biomarkers; language preferences; octopus brain atlas

by  /  11 December 2022

This week, Twitter provided a discussion about autism biomarkers, a survey revealing language preferences, and a peek inside the octopus brain.

Week of DecemberDec

Spotted around the web: Cannabinoid gel; fragile X syndrome subtypes; neurodivergent scientists

by ,  /  9 December 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 5 December.

Illustration shows a road going into the distance, seen from the driver's point of view.

Spectrum Launch: Carving out vacation time as an early-career researcher

by  /  8 December 2022

Early-career researchers talk about the challenges around taking time off, and a new study shows that young scientists tend to be more innovative than their older colleagues.

A map of England displaying autism incidence.

Autism incidence in England varies by ethnicity, class, location

by  /  6 December 2022

High rates of autism are linked to lower socioeconomic status and minority ethnic groups, according to the largest-ever autism incidence study.

Many mouths making conversation, with speech bubbles in red and blue.

Community Newsletter: Sex bias; synapse formation; gene convergence

by  /  4 December 2022

Three threads on autism-related research snared the attention of neuroscientists on Twitter this week.

Week of NovemberNov

Spotted around the web: Protein ubiquitination; meninges immunity; scientific image problems

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 28 November.

November 2022
Image displaying impeded interneuron development.

‘Assembloids’ lay bare autism-linked genes that hamper neuron development

by  /  30 November 2022

The model enables the study of autism-linked genes at the earliest stages of neural development.

Helen Willsey in her lab at the University of California, San Francisco.

How Helen Willsey broke new ground, frogs in hand

by  /  29 November 2022

A young researcher faces down the skeptics.