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

January 2019
News

Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

by  /  3 January 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool.

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December 2018
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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Quotes of the year

21 December 2018

In our favorite quotes from stories we published this year, researchers talk about where to store your marijuana for research, the significance of mouse-butt sniffing and the secret to productivity.

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A drawing shows the word "autism" formed of loose letters under a magnifying glass.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

A decade of Spectrum

21 December 2018

It’s been 10 years since Spectrum — well, one version of Spectrum — launched. Fittingly, in this anniversary year, we made forays into new territory.

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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

In case you missed it: Five Spectrum stories from 2018

21 December 2018

Spectrum’s editors chose five stories from 2018 you may have missed the first time around.

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Opinion / Q&A

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

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A man walks up a decrepit staircase in his neighborhood in Lima, Peru.
News

In Peru, novel program paves the way for autistic people’s employment

by  /  21 December 2018

At a center in Lima, Peru, people with autism learn to identify their strengths and find jobs that play to those strengths.

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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Pitch your thesis: Big questions drive autism research

21 December 2018

Early-career autism researchers record ‘elevator pitches’ of their projects.

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News

Young writers fight autism stereotypes through fan fiction

by , ,  /  19 December 2018

Some fan-fiction authors are beginning to incorporate autism into their stories, especially in the Harry Potter universe.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Patricia Braga discusses stem-cell models of autism

12 December 2018

Watch the complete replay of Patricia Braga describing studies of autism involving stem cells.

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