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Rachel Nuwer

Contributing Writer, Spectrum

Rachel Nuwer is a freelance science journalist who contributes to outlets such as the New York Times, Scientific American and New Scientist. She writes news articles for Spectrum. She lives in Brooklyn.

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rachelnuwer@gmail.com

April 2016
Protein problems: Mice missing a key protein in the thalamus (arrow) are hyperactive and inattentive.
News

Mouse study links gene to some autism symptoms

by  /  22 April 2016

Mice missing a gene called PTCHD1 in a deep-seated brain structure have autism-like symptoms that ease with treatment.

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Week of AprilApr
11th
2016
News / Spotted

Deceitful DNA; grant gambit; autism glass

by  /  15 April 2016

A woman claims that a genetic test failed to flag her son’s deadly condition, a researcher wins a rare appeal of a rejected grant application, and a graduate student’s gadget could help people with autism to read emotions.

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March 2016
Pep Boatella
News

Autism’s history holds lessons for today’s researchers

by  /  14 March 2016

The authors of “Neurotribes” and “In a Different Key” urge scientists to question their biases and to translate their findings into tangible benefits for those on the spectrum.

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February 2016
Week of FebruaryFeb
1st
2016
News / Spotted

Embryo editing; race debate; microbial makeover

by  /  5 February 2016

A scientist gets permission to edit the genomes of human embryos, and researchers argue that it’s time to leave race out of genetic studies.

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January 2016
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Opinion / Reviews

‘In a Different Key’ presents symphony of autism’s history

by  /  19 January 2016

Journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker detail autism’s transformation from a diagnosis shrouded in shame to an increasingly accepted, even celebrated, condition.

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October 2015
Julia Yellow
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Attention deficit may mask autism, delay diagnosis

by  /  26 October 2015

Children who have both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism receive their autism diagnosis an average of four years later than those who have autism alone.

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Week of OctoberOct
19th
2015
News / Spotted

Software solutions; Sesame spectrum

by  /  23 October 2015

An app designed for Google Glass aims to help children with autism recognize emotions, and Sesame Street introduces its first muppet with autism

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August 2015
Scanner scramble: Three scanners tell their own stories (top) about how the thickness of the brain’s outer rind changes with age. The results from the machines vary for multiple brain regions (bottom, orange.)Guillaume Auzias
News

Pooling autism brain imaging data can distort results

by  /  31 August 2015

Combining data from different brain scanners can lead to false findings if variation between the machines is not taken into account, according to a new study.

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Week of AugustAug
24th
2015
News / Spotted

Spotted: Screening stance; outlawed words

by  /  28 August 2015

The debate about autism screening resurges, and psychologists want to blacklist the term “autism epidemic.”

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Mathematical model of autism bridges brain, behavior

by  /  13 August 2015

A mathematical model of the brain’s circuits shows how neurons stuck in overdrive could produce symptoms of autism. The model may reveal how autism-linked behaviors arise from underlying biology.

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