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Spectrum: Autism Research News

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Science & Society

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

November 2022
Week of OctoberOct

Spotted around the web: Mapping histones; COVID-19 births; acetaminophen lawsuits

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 31 October.

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Spectrum Launch: Child care at SfN; interview tips; Neuropixels course

by  /  3 November 2022

This month’s issue is packed with tips for early-career researchers heading to the first in-person meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in three years.

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New tool transforms, compares dissimilar brain maps

by  /  1 November 2022

The open-source software makes it possible to overlay disparate datasets and potentially accelerate hypothesis generation.

October 2022
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Community Newsletter: Families in crisis; genetics mystery; health determinants

by  /  30 October 2022

Recent Twitter threads explore a new approach to autism diagnosis, a mysterious genetic region and social determinants of health.

Week of OctoberOct

Spotted around the web: Double empathy, cortical-cerebellar links, public peer review

by  /  28 October 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 24 October.


New RNA tool prompts protein production in select cells

by  /  28 October 2022

The technique could be used to identify and control cells involved in autism.

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It’s time to embrace ‘profound autism’

by  /  27 October 2022

My experience at the Autism-Europe International Congress — and as a parent of a child with profound autism — makes me more convinced than ever that we need to bifurcate the diagnosis of ‘autism spectrum disorder’ and add a new diagnosis of ‘profound autism’ to better serve this vulnerable population.

Image of a synthetic mouse embryo.

Lab-grown ‘embryoids’ offer new window into gene-trait relationships

by  /  26 October 2022

The developmental models have advantages over natural embryos and other synthetic models, such as organoids, but present technical and ethical challenges.

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Community Newsletter: Brain geometry; adaptive immune system; INSAR policy brief

by  /  23 October 2022

Two threads pose intriguing neuroscience questions; plus a criminal-justice policy brief.

Week of OctoberOct

Spotted around the web: Predictive power of language delay; pediatricians’ role in diagnosing autism; disease terminology

by  /  21 October 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 17 October.