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

May 2019
Teacher reading a book with a class of children
News

U.S. autism prevalence in black children based on few families

by  /  4 May 2019

A national survey that estimates autism prevalence includes too few black families to yield accurate data for that demographic.

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Week of AprilApr
29th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 29 April 2019

by  /  3 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 29 April.

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April 2019
Illustration of scientists trying to piece together a female head in marble
Opinion / Viewpoint

Dutch project aims to raise awareness of autism in women

by  /  30 April 2019

A new network in the Netherlands is focused on problems and solutions specific to autistic girls and women.

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seated crowd using silent applause, "flappause" to show appreciation for a speaker
News

Tensions ride high despite reshuffle at autism science meeting

by  /  29 April 2019

The International Society for Autism Research faces a thorny problem: how to please a diverse mix of attendees who have radically different goals.

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Week of AprilApr
22nd
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 22 April 2019

by  /  26 April 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 22 April.

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News

U.S. states move to ban pesticide linked to developmental problems

by ,  /  26 April 2019

Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market.

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Features / Deep Dive

In search of truce in the autism wars

by  /  24 April 2019

The fight between those who define autism as a medical condition and those who see it as a mere difference has reached vitriolic levels. Can the two sides come together to support all autistic people?

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Books are flying away in a blue sky
News

Call for action: Scientists need to push for open-access science

by ,  /  23 April 2019

Libraries and funding agencies are finally flexing their muscles against journal paywalls. Authors should follow suit.

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portrait of Dr. Lilia Lakoucheva
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Lilia Iakoucheva

by  /  16 April 2019

Lilia Iakoucheva spends her days running outdoors and solving the molecular complexities of autism, sometimes at the same time.

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Busy street scene in China
News

New figures for autism prevalence in China point to previous neglect

by  /  11 April 2019

About 1 in 100 children in China has autism, suggesting the condition is more common in the country than previously thought.

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