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

October 2023
Week of OctoberOct

Sensory hypersensitivity; FAM53C protein; genomic database from Mexico

by  /  20 October 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 16 October.

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Nobel laureate’s study earns expression of concern over data integrity issues

by  /  19 October 2023

Data sleuths have flagged apparent errors in the study, which was led by neuroscientist Thomas Südhof.

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Article defending private-equity involvement in autism services retracted

by ,  /  19 October 2023

Nearly two-thirds of the article’s references appear to not exist.

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New specs immerse mice in virtual worlds

by  /  16 October 2023

The tool — called “MouseGoggles” — could provide rodents with an improved virtual experience in the lab, at a lower cost than current techniques.

Week of OctoberOct

CHD8 gene; sex differences in EEG; interneuron development

by  /  13 October 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 9 October.

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How to stay afloat in the flood of scientific literature

by  /  11 October 2023

A combination of automation and social curation can help keep early-career researchers from drowning in the sea of scientific publications.

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Raising the bar for stem cell research: Q&A with Jack Mosher

by  /  10 October 2023

New quality benchmarks for basic research involving stem cells promise to improve rigor and reproducibility, says Mosher, who helped develop the standards.

Week of OctoberOct

SHANK3 and olfaction; spatial atlas of mouse brain; persistence of autism diagnoses

by  /  6 October 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 2 October.

Marchers in St. Petersburg, Florida protest anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Neuroscience group to relocate 2025 meeting slated for Florida

by  /  5 October 2023

Going forward, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology plans to gather at “non-discriminatory sites,” following the passage of Florida laws targeting LGBTQ+ people and reproductive rights.

Illustrated portrait of Brian Boyd.

Brian Boyd, classroom-based interventions and the importance of representation

by  /  1 October 2023

The leader of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute talks about what drew him into the autism field, and his departure from — and return to — the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.