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

October 2023
A scientist looks into a microscope

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.

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Week of OctoberOct
2nd
2023

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.

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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.

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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.

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September 2023
Week of SeptemberSep
25th
2023

Fatty acid metabolites; esophagitis; auditory processing

by  /  29 September 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 25 September.

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An illustration of a hand placing letters spelling the word voice on a black board.

Debate unfurls over inclusivity and authenticity in research involving minimally verbal autistic people

by  /  25 September 2023

Autism researchers can’t agree on how far to go to validate the input they gather from minimally verbal autistic people who use certain communication devices.

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Week of SeptemberSep
18th
2023

Endocannabinoids; CYFIP1 gene; postsynaptic density development

by  /  22 September 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 18 September.

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Illustration of a series of thin blocks of various shapes, sizes and colors positioned to resemble a bar graph.

Accounting for autism’s prevalence

by  /  20 September 2023

Read recent Spectrum coverage about autism’s apparent rise in prevalence — and some of the potential explanations for it.

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Week of SeptemberSep
11th
2023

Lab-grown embryos; 3D genome architecture; preterm outcomes

by  /  15 September 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 11 September.

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A scientist in a white coat uses a microscope in a lab.

Six tips for postdoc success

by  /  14 September 2023

Postdoctoral positions are relatively short, so starting out on the right foot can make all the difference. Researchers offer their advice for making that happen.

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