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

July 2023
Week of JulyJul
17th
2023

Autism-linked genes in a Chinese population; measuring sleep; Zika virus

by  /  21 July 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 17 July.

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‘A catalyst for change’: NIH makes first call for research supporting minimally verbal autistic people

by  /  18 July 2023

The request is energizing scientists investigating autistic people who largely don’t communicate with spoken words.

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‘wildDISCO’ whole-mouse mapping; high-resolution imaging of living brain tissue

by  /  16 July 2023

A new technique to map the entire body of a mouse and a high-resolution 4D imaging method for living brain tissue samples piqued researchers’ interest on social media this week — that and more in this issue of Community Newsletter.

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Week of JulyJul
10th
2023

ADNP syndrome; the pangenome; gender on the spectrum

by  /  14 July 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 10 July.

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Repurposed electronics lens spies neurons across entire mouse brain

by  /  14 July 2023

When combined with tissue-inflation methods, the microscope can image axons without the need for tissue slicing, the researchers say.

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Exclusive: Investigation prompts retraction of 17 studies from now-shuttered clinic

by  /  14 July 2023

The University of Maryland found the papers included some data without participant consent.

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Evidence linking acetaminophen to autism, ADHD under debate again

by ,  /  12 July 2023

As acetaminophen lawsuits make their way through the U.S. court system, researchers reevaluate the quality of the evidence linking in-utero exposure to the painkiller to neurodevelopmental issues in children.

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Community Newsletter: Neuroimaging study size; fragile X RNA

by  /  9 July 2023

This week on social media, researchers discussed sample size in neuroimaging studies and the potential of antisense oligonucleotides to restore the protein lost in fragile X syndrome.

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Week of JulyJul
3rd
2023

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.

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