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

February 2013

Clinical research: Attention deficit forecasts autism traits

by  /  5 February 2013

Children with attention difficulties may later show signs of autism, such as trouble holding a conversation, according to a study published 14 November in Psychological Medicine.


Is social disinterest a symptom of Rett syndrome?

by  /  4 February 2013

Feedback on our website from parents of socially proficient children with Rett syndrome raises interesting questions about the disorder: Is social disinterest really a symptom of the disorder?


Money matters

by  /  1 February 2013

Scientists may be getting duplicate grants for the same project, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in funding, according to an analysis published 30 January in Nature.

January 2013

Autism-linked protein differs in male and female brains

by  /  24 January 2013

The autism-linked protein MET is expressed at lower levels in the brains of men with autism than in control brains, according to unpublished research presented Thursday at the Salk Institute, Fondation IPSEN and Nature Symposium on Biological Complexity in La Jolla, California. Women with autism do not differ from healthy controls, however.


Mouse stem cells enable study of Rett syndrome

by  /  23 January 2013

Researchers have made neurons from the skin cells of mice that model Rett syndrome, according to a study published in the December issue Molecular Psychiatry.


Ethics abroad

by  /  22 January 2013

Resource-poor countries need better safeguards for doing ethical studies, says a new study published 3 January in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Rescue funds

by  /  15 January 2013

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated funds to help New York University’s Langone Medical Center replace lost equipment and relocate research labs damaged during Hurricane Sandy.


Survey says

by  /  11 January 2013

Parents who have one child with autism would like a genetic test to predict their next child’s risk of the disorder. But it’s not clear how well the tests work.


Rising interest

by  /  8 January 2013

Since 2000, the number of scientific papers published on autism has been growing faster than the overall rate of scientific publications. 


Exploring enigmatic links between mitochondria and autism

by  /  8 January 2013

Mitochondrial deficits may account for the range of symptoms and neurological deficits seen in autism and explain why it preferentially affects boys, says Douglas Wallace.