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Science & Society

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

July 2019
News

First brain organoids get set to travel into space

by  /  8 July 2019

A cache of about 100 brain organoids grown from human cells is expected to launch into orbit this month.

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June 2019
Micrograph of fecal bacteria
News

Study of microbiome’s importance in autism triggers swift backlash

by  /  27 June 2019

Many scientists have pointed out possible errors of analysis and interpretation in a high-profile study that suggested microbes can ease autism-like behaviors in mice.

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Crowd of peers form a thought bubble
News

Data analysis, open access could improve peer-review process

by ,  /  26 June 2019

Data analysis can improve the vetting of scientific papers, but first publishers must agree to make the information public.

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Fish with fish oil capsules spilling out of it.
News

Interactive Autism Network, home to dozens of studies, set to shut down

by  /  26 June 2019

The first online registry dedicated to autism research is scheduled to close down on 30 June, ending a 13-year run.

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News

Netherlands law limits children’s access to autism services

by  /  24 June 2019

A law implemented four years ago has made it difficult for Dutch children in some regions to have access to mental health care.

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News

Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist’s implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

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Week of JuneJun
10th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 10 June 2019

by  /  14 June 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 June.

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close up of microscope and researcher's gloved hands
News

How Trump’s fetal-tissue policy impacts medical research

by ,  /  12 June 2019

The announcement this week that the U.S. federal government is changing its policy on the use of human fetal tissue in medical research is designed to please anti-abortion groups.

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Goofy portrait of Adam Guastella at his desk in shorts and jacket with tie
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Adam Guastella

by  /  11 June 2019

Clinical psychologist Adam Guastella is driven to develop treatments that work for all autistic people — and to throw birthday parties for a few of those people.

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Group of children walking in the countryside in Vietnam.
News

Large survey of children hints at true autism prevalence in Vietnam

by  /  10 June 2019

Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.

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