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

October 2011

Tech grant takes aim at autism diagnosis, treatment

by  /  10 October 2011

A $10 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation is funding a five-year project to develop new technologies that can help clinicians diagnose and treat autism.


Theater review: The lion roars, quietly

by  /  7 October 2011

A special performance on Sunday of The Lion King created a comfortable environment for children with autism and their families to enjoy the theater.


Researchers engineer light-responsive strains of mice

by  /  5 October 2011

Researchers have engineered four new mouse lines that each show activation of a different subset of neurons in response to a blue light.

DNA helix with a highlighted area in pink.

Genetics: Rare mutations slightly more common in autism

by  /  5 October 2011

Duplications and deletions of genetic regions linked to autism are rare in individuals referred for genetic testing, but occur at a higher rate than in the general population.


Full speed ahead

by  /  4 October 2011

President Obama signed a new law on Friday that authorizes $693 million in federal spending for autism research, services and treatment over the next three years.

September 2011

Molecular mechanisms: Maternal stress affects male mice

by  /  30 September 2011

The male offspring of mice subjected to stress during pregnancy can transmit the effects to their own male pups.


Twin study suggests autism traits inherited independently

by  /  29 September 2011

A new study of nearly 6,000 pairs of twins suggests that the three core traits of autism are inherited separately, and to varying degrees, both in individuals with autism and in the general population.

Young person walking away from the camera.

Down by law

by  /  27 September 2011

A new study finds that Dutch children picked up by the police for minor offenses score higher than controls on a questionnaire measuring traits of autism.


Clinical research: Men may not outgrow autism-like behaviors

by  /  23 September 2011

Boys who have autism-like social deficits at 2 years of age retain about the same level of social impairment when they reach age 20.


Statistical trap

by  /  20 September 2011

Half of behavioral neuroscience studies published in top-tier journals make a crucial statistical error.