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

March 2011
Opinion

Whiz kids

by  /  29 March 2011

For many years, autism was considered synonymous with intellectual disability. A new study shows that perception is inaccurate.

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Opinion

Face time

by  /  25 March 2011

In the world of Skype, instant messages and tweets, face-to-face interaction is still the best route to discovery, according to an intriguing study published in December.

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News

New candidate gene may explain male bias of autism

by  /  24 March 2011

A gene that regulates the conversion of testosterone to estrogen in the brain could help explain why males are more susceptible to autism than are females, according to a study published in PLoS One in February.

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News

Mitochondrial function disrupted in children with autism

by  /  17 March 2011

The first study to look at mitochondria — the powerhouses of the cell — in postmortem brain tissue taken from children with autism has found significant abnormalities in their function in some regions of the brain.

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News / Toolbox

Postmortem brains hold sequencing potential

by  /  16 March 2011

Researchers have extracted and sequenced DNA from 52 postmortem brains from the Autism Tissue Program, providing a resource to study mutations and gene expression differences in the brains of people with the disorder.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Music is promising autism therapy

by  /  15 March 2011

Integrating music into interventions helps children who have autism with their social skills, language and behavior. But methods should be standardized and tested for effectiveness at home, according to a meta-analysis published in January in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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News

Meeting brings unusual focus to Phelan-McDermid syndrome

by  /  10 March 2011

The first international meeting on Phelan-McDermid syndrome brought together researchers and family members of those affected by the disorder, sparking collaboration and some emotion.

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Opinion

Strategic update

by  /  4 March 2011

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has released an updated list of priorities for government-funded autism research.

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February 2011
Opinion

Painting a picture

by  /  25 February 2011

A new technique documents real-time action in neurons by harnessing the changes in light that take place when they fire.

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News / Profiles

Matthew State: Bridging the gap between bench and bedside

by  /  24 February 2011

Matthew State is both a dedicated clinician and a world-class geneticist, but his diplomatic style is a relic of his former adventures in politics.

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