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Science & Society

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

February 2022
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Anorexia before or during pregnancy linked to having a child with autism

by  /  7 February 2022

The connection is likely mediated by environmental, not genetic, factors, according to a new study.

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Community Newsletter: Lessons from lockdowns, screen-time skepticism, protein transport in the brain

by  /  6 February 2022

Pick up threads about how remote learning can benefit autistic students, why a study about screen time deserves scrutiny and how a newly discovered form of cellular communication could yield clues about autism.

Week of JanuaryJan

Spotted around the web: Oxytocin mice, social memory mechanisms, Autism Drug Trial Tracker update

by  /  4 February 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 31 January.


Study links screen time to autism, but problems abound

by  /  1 February 2022

The paper relied on parent-reported data and adjusted for few potentially confounding variables.

January 2022
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Spectrum Launch: Writing grants, celebrating milestones and interviewing for grad school

by  /  31 January 2022

A researcher and science officer give tips for getting started with grant writing; scientists on Twitter explain why they went tenure-track; and a neurobiologist discusses why the field’s next generation needs to learn to code.

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Community Newsletter: Race reporting, benchmarking, chandelier cells

by  /  30 January 2022

This week’s Community Newsletter takes up tweets about how often autism intervention research fails to report participants’ race and ethnicity, benchmarks for effect sizes and mapping chandelier cells in the mouse visual cortex.

Week of JanuaryJan

Spotted around the web: Social touch, oxytocin trial, new catalog of scientific documents

by  /  28 January 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 24 January.


Reimagining the newborn screening system: Q&A with Don Bailey

by  /  27 January 2022

The current system to approve genetic and metabolic conditions for newborn screening can’t keep pace with research on new therapies. Don Bailey wants to bring it up to speed.


Researchers retract study of an immune effect on synapse development

by  /  24 January 2022

A failed replication and other problems led autism researcher Beth Stevens and her co-investigator to retract the nearly 10-year-old report.

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Community Newsletter: Upcoming webinars, participatory research resources, research reactions

by  /  23 January 2022

In this week’s newsletter, we feature tweets about the Lancet Commission, a new initiative from the International Society for Autism Research, a highlighted paper about the link between autism and the microbiome, and reactions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to acknowledge a hair-based autism test.