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

May 2022
Week of MayMay
23rd
2022

Spotted around the web: Polygenic risk scores, joint attention, worldwide prevalence

by  /  27 May 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 23 May.

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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.

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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.

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Why monkey researchers are seeking the spotlight: Q&A with Cory Miller

by  /  25 May 2022

For decades, many researchers who study nonhuman primates kept quiet about their work, concerned about the extreme actions taken by some animal welfare activists. But a growing number are speaking more openly about the importance of their work in an attempt to take back the narrative.

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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.

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Community Newsletter: COVID-19 at INSAR, PTEN enhancer, baby sib findings

by  /  22 May 2022

This week’s newsletter looks at tweets about COVID-19 at last week’s INSAR meeting, an unusual enhancer regulating the autism-linked gene PTEN, and new findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Study.

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By the Numbers: Suspensions, unemployment, health checks

by  /  20 May 2022

This edition plots school suspensions and the unemployment gap for autistic people, and charts outcomes for those who attend regular health checks.

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Week of MayMay
9th
2022

Spotted around the web: INSAR abstracts, transfer RNA, vaccine hesitation

by  /  13 May 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 9 May.

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INSAR Community Newsletter: Tweets & murmurs from Day Three

by  /  13 May 2022

We are covering the talks in Austin, Texas, this week, plus what the research community is talking about online, in the Lone Star Ballroom and around town.

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Spectrum wins four national Azbee awards

by  /  13 May 2022

Our editorial team also took home seven regional awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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