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

July 2023
Week of JulyJul

Spotted around the web: Psychedelics; microRNA genes; pain sensitivity

by ,  /  7 July 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 3 July.

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Spectrum Launch: Transitioning to industry with Hien Zhao

by  /  6 July 2023

Zhao says her graduate and postdoctoral training prepared her to transition to her job at the biotech company Ionis Pharmaceuticals, where she works to find treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.

June 2023
Week of JuneJun

Spotted around the web: Synthetic embryos; Angelman gene therapy

by ,  /  30 June 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 26 June.

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Easing sensory sensitivities in the clinic: Q&A with Leah Stein Duker

by  /  30 June 2023

Dentist or doctor visits can overwhelm autistic children with sensory sensitivities. Occupational therapy can help, Stein Duker says.

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Community Newsletter: Nanoscale brain imaging; naturalistic mouse set-ups

by  /  25 June 2023

Our feeds this week were full of discussion about a new super-resolution microscopy method and ways to make mouse behavioral experiments more natural.

Week of JuneJun

Spotted around the web: Juneteenth; AI images; brain organoids in space

by  /  23 June 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 19 June.

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Donald Triplett, autism’s ‘Case 1,’ dies at 89

by  /  20 June 2023

Triplett gained media attention for his autism later in life, and he became the face of the effort to research the lives of older adults with autism.

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Community Newsletter: Sensory sensitivities; neuroscience podcasts

by  /  18 June 2023

Researchers took to social media this week to discuss the mechanisms behind hypersensitivity in autism and share their favorite neuroscience-focused podcasts.

Week of JuneJun

Spotted around the web: Preterm birth; wearable devices; acetylcholine

by  /  16 June 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 12 June.

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Controversial ‘cost of autism’ paper retracted

by  /  13 June 2023

The journal’s decision comes two years after Spectrum covered backlash from researchers over the study.