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

March 2015

The female autism conundrum

 /  11 March 2015

Watch the complete replay of David Skuse and William Mandy’s webinar on why reported sex ratios for autism may be fundamentally flawed.


Behavioral test taps multiple senses in mice

by  /  11 March 2015

A new behavioral test that gauges how well mice simultaneously process light and sound may help explain and treat problems with this skill in people with autism.


How to build a better scientist

by  /  10 March 2015

Budding scientists need career guidance from faculty mentors, not just technical handholding by graduate students, suggests a comprehensive review.


Glowing sensors shine new light on protein interactions

by  /  4 March 2015

Researchers may soon be able to easily visualize protein pairings in living cells through vibrant flashes of color.


Test draws on doodles to spot signs of autism

by  /  3 March 2015

Researchers have developed a 10-minute drawing test that measures reciprocity — an important social skill that children with autism often lack.


Questions for Deborah Fein: Defining ‘optimal outcome’

by  /  3 March 2015

Understanding why some children appear to outgrow their autism diagnosis may provide clues about the biology of the disorder but shouldn’t dictate treatment decisions, says Deborah Fein.

February 2015
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Spotted: Social cells; brain bulge

by  /  27 February 2015

A cluster of neurons helps monkeys cooperate, and a human gene makes a mouse brain look like a person’s.


Autism’s impact on language is independent of native tongue

by  /  24 February 2015

Native speakers of tonal languages who have autism are adept at identifying pitch in music, but this does not help them interpret tone in language.


Kathryn Roeder reviews statistical tools for autism

 /  18 February 2015

Watch the complete replay of Kathryn Roeder’s webinar discussing how powerful statistical tools can yield insight into the genetic risk for autism.


When researchers share data, everyone wins

by  /  13 February 2015

Imagine a world in which researchers reveal all their clinical trial data, allowing their peers to do their own analyses and confirm the findings. A new report by the Institute of Medicine outlines ways to make this scenario a reality.