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

January 2021
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News

Highlights, missed opportunities: SfN by the tweets

by  /  15 January 2021

Participants video chatted and tweeted their way through the Society for Neuroscience’s three-day virtual conference this week.

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Features / Deep Dive

The promise of scientific partnerships with people on the spectrum

by  /  14 January 2021

Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.

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News

Studies hint at effects of aging on autistic brains

by  /  12 January 2021

People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.

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News

Community newsletter: Subjective perception, plus autism’s double empathy problem

by  /  10 January 2021

An fMRI scan can reconstruct a picture from a person’s brain activity, but that image changes depending on a person’s attention.

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Week of JanuaryJan
4th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Autism in Kenya, oxytocin delivery, intellectual disability genes

by  /  8 January 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 04 January.

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Illustration shows the hands of researchers selecting parts of a DNA helix for secure shredding.
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‘Sanitizing’ functional genomics data may prevent privacy breaches

by  /  8 January 2021

A new technique for masking portions of raw genomic data increases shareability without sacrificing privacy.

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December 2020
Hand moves petri dish in row of dishes and vials that make up the numbers 2020.
Features / Special Reports

Hindsight is 2020: The year in review

23 December 2020

This has been a year like no other. Our lives were upended in the first quarter as the novel coronavirus spread to every corner of the globe.

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Features / Special Reports / Hindsight is 2020: The year in review

Rewind: Spectrum’s best from 2020

23 December 2020

Our staff picks the stories, podcasts and special reports that stood out from the rest this past year.

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three children in profile with speech bubbles: one is empty, one contains one letter, and one contains the word 'hi" to illustrate various levels of verbal ability.
Features / Special Reports / Hindsight is 2020: The year in review

2020: The year in quotes

23 December 2020

In our favorite quotes from stories we published in 2020, researchers contemplate blue poop, celebrate null findings and find a few silver linings in life during lockdown.

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Lab scene during COVID 19 pandemic.
Features / Special Reports / Hindsight is 2020: The year in review

Inside the reporter’s notebook: Dispatches from 2020

23 December 2020

Spectrum‘s staff couldn’t report on the ground this year — with no lab visits, sit-down interviews or in-person conferences to attend — but we observed a lot of changes from our computer screens.

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