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

April 2023
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Introducing ‘Synaptic,’ a new podcast from Spectrum

by  /  1 April 2023

Explore the people, the science and the challenges in autism research.

March 2023
Week of MarchMar

Spotted around the web: GABA interneurons; CDEP4; Black researchers

by , ,  /  31 March 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 27 March.

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‘Flourishing’ measure may not hold up for autistic children

by  /  29 March 2023

Evidence of measurement bias undermines past claims about autistic children’s lower well-being.

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Detecting a signal amid noise in autism early-intervention research

by , ,  /  28 March 2023

Studies of behavioral treatments for autism are complex and can easily be misunderstood. Here we provide some guidance.

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Community Newsletter: Suicide in autism; neural cell isolation; analysis of autism genes

by  /  26 March 2023

Discussion on social media revolved around a meta-analysis of suicidality in autism, a method to purify neural stem and progenitor cells, and autism-linked genes in zebrafish.

Week of MarchMar

Spotted around the web: Connectome resource; GIGYF1 gene; eLife controversy

by ,  /  24 March 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 20 March.

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U.S. autism prevalence continues to rise as race and sex gaps shrink, new stats show

by  /  23 March 2023

About 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism, up almost 20 percent from the previous estimate, reflecting improved identification, particularly among girls and Black, Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander children.

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Letter to the editor: Researchers must bridge disconnect at ‘autism crossroads’

Two groups of researchers respond to Spectrum’s article about the power struggle among researchers, self-advocates and families, calling on their autistic and non-autistic colleagues to work collaboratively and promote equity in autism research.

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Community Newsletter: Tracing fruit fly, human connectomes

by  /  19 March 2023

Researchers took to Twitter this week to discuss the most complete map of brain structure to date — that of a larval fruit fly — and the largest-yet human brain connectivity resource.

Week of MarchMar

Spotted around the web: Brain imaging replicability; CRISPR-edited neurons; sex-based variability in mice

by , ,  /  17 March 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 13 March.