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

May 2013

Video: Microscopy technique reveals whole fish brain

by  /  22 May 2013

A new microscopy technique, published in the May issue of Nature Methods, can show the activity of more than 80 percent of the brain’s neurons at one time.


How do we take the long view on autism?

by  /  20 May 2013

The precious few long-term studies of autism have produced unique insight into the development and ultimate outcomes of the disorder. How can we encourage more of them?


How can parents help shape autism research?

by  /  13 May 2013

We check in with the community about building more efficient bridges between families affected by autism and the scientists seeking its cure.


Blood test for autism?

by  /  10 May 2013

In April, Massachusetts-based diagnostics company SynapDx launched a large-scale study of its blood test for autism, which analyzes expression of a panel of genes.

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Parents turn their skills to furthering autism research

by  /  9 May 2013

Most parents educate themselves as much as possible when their child is diagnosed with a disorder. A handful of others — in many cases, mothers — have devoted their professional lives to research on autism-related disorders.


Researchers watch as proteins travel to neuronal junctions

by  /  8 May 2013

Using high-resolution microscopy, researchers can watch as signaling complexes assemble at neuronal junctions in zebrafish embryos, according to a study published 17 April in Cell Reports.


Save your money

by  /  7 May 2013

A genetic test purported to detect children with autism may instead be highlighting ancestry differences, says T. Grant Belgard.

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IMFAR 2013: Autism or ‘autisms’?

by  /  6 May 2013

Conversations with researchers at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain, raised provocative questions about the nature of autism. How do we make sense of its staggering heterogeneity, multiple genetic causes and widespread overlap with other disorders?


Flora Vaccarino on iPS cells and autism neurobiology

 /  15 May 2013

Watch the complete replay of Flora Vaccarino describing how to model brain development using induced pluripotent stem cells. Submit your own follow-up questions.


Gender differences take center stage at autism conference

by  /  4 May 2013

Girls with autism carry more mutations than do boys with the disorder, and show greater differences in brain activity and response to social cues, according to several preliminary studies presented at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.