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

July 2014

The urgent need to shorten autism’s diagnostic odyssey

by ,  /  15 July 2014

With the rate of autism now at 1 in 68 people and climbing, the need for solutions that reach the risk population more quickly and effectively has never been more real, say Dennis Wall and Glenn Saxe.


Pair of modified enzymes boost gene-editing precision

by  /  9 July 2014

A pair of enzymes improve the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR by providing more precise molecular ‘scissors’ to cut and paste DNA snippets.


Pac-Man maze leads children with autism to ‘good’ smiles

by  /  4 July 2014

A computer game based on face recognition helps children with autism feign expressions more convincingly than before.


Cognition and behavior: Test assesses sensory sensitivity

by  /  4 July 2014

A new questionnaire may help assess sensory problems — such as heightened awareness of bright colors or loud noises — in adults with autism.


Cluster of symptoms reveals gene’s link to autism subtype

by  /  3 July 2014

CHD8, a gene that regulates the structure of DNA, is the closest thing so far to an ‘autism gene,’ suggests a study published today in Cell. People with mutations in this gene all have the same cluster of symptoms, including autism.


Robert Malenka discusses reward’s role in autism

 /  23 July 2014

Watch the complete replay of Robert Malenka’s webinar on the molecular underpinnings of social reward.


U.S. BRAIN Initiative may advance autism research

by  /  1 July 2014

An influx of $4.5 billion from the federal government over the next 12 years could jump-start a new generation of technologies, including tools for autism research.

June 2014

Autism families tend to have fewer children than their peers

by  /  27 June 2014

Parents who have a child with autism often decide not to have any more children, according to a study published last week in JAMA Psychiatry.


Education biggest contributor to autism’s high costs

by  /  27 June 2014

In the U.S. and U.K., education is the largest cost associated with caring for children with autism.


Navigating autism’s gender gap

by  /  24 June 2014

The number of people in a study, the proportion of male and female participants, and many other factors can affect research on sex differences in autism, says Thomas Frazier.