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

July 2019
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News

Preprint server aims to lead medical research into era of open science

by  /  31 July 2019

Envisioned as bioRxiv’s clinical cousin, the new preprint server medRxiv hosts unpublished manuscripts describing original medical research.

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Adults in a waiting room, a man talks to a nurse or doctor in medical setting
Opinion

How autistic people use compensatory strategies to cope with daily life

by , , ,  /  26 July 2019

In a large survey, autistic adults from around the world described their experiences of using psychological strategies to fit in.

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drawing shows organized lab on left, and the disorder of daily life and community services on the right.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Community delivery of autism therapies lags far behind evidence

by  /  23 July 2019

Most community clinicians do not deliver care that is in line with the latest evidence — and they are not improving over time.

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woman standing alone confronts a complex chart in the workplace
Opinion

Providing accommodations for autistic workers benefits everyone

by ,  /  18 July 2019

Companies can use many strategies to make workplaces more inclusive.

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Illustration shows man penned in by Police line "do not cross" yellow tape
Features / Deep Dive

When autistic people commit sexual crimes

by  /  17 July 2019

Many first-time sex offenders on the spectrum may not understand the laws they break. How should their crimes be treated?

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Opinion

What it’s like to be autistic at an autism research conference

by ,  /  15 July 2019

An autistic journalist is cautiously optimistic that the annual INSAR conference is becoming more inclusive of the autism community.

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News

Animal lab closures in England rattle autism researchers

by  /  15 July 2019

News that two major animal research laboratories are likely to close down within a few years has left some researchers in the United Kingdom uncertain about the future of their work.

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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 8 July 2019

by  /  12 July 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 8 July.

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News

First brain organoids get set to travel into space

by  /  8 July 2019

A cache of about 100 brain organoids grown from human cells is expected to launch into orbit this month.

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June 2019
Micrograph of fecal bacteria
News

Study of microbiome’s importance in autism triggers swift backlash

by  /  27 June 2019

Many scientists have pointed out possible errors of analysis and interpretation in a high-profile study that suggested microbes can ease autism-like behaviors in mice.

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