Opinion Archive

March 2017
Illustration by Katie Carey
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Tracing autism’s trajectories could help explain its diversity

by  /  28 March 2017

Studying the heterogeneity of autism features over time can help us understand why some children do better or worse than expected.

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With tweaks, brains in a dish may yield clear clues to autism

by  /  21 March 2017

‘Mini-brains’ created in a dish may reveal autism’s roots and point to treatments, but they do not yet mirror some critical features of a human brain.

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Defining roles: Loss of the Rett syndrome gene from two different types of neurons that inhibit brain activity (red and green) leads to distinct features in mice.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Questions for Huda Zoghbi: Studying Rett in the rodent brain

by  /  14 March 2017

Removing the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, from distinct cells and brain regions reveals hidden features of the condition.

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Tennis program serves up benefits for children with autism

by  /  7 March 2017

Tennis is a social game, requiring players to predict and respond to their opponent’s behavior. That may help some children with autism.

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February 2017
Illustration by John Hersey
Opinion / Viewpoint

Tangled web of proteins holds clues to autism’s complexity

by  /  28 February 2017

Understanding how mutations in genes linked to autism perturb the different versions of proteins the genes form could reveal new targets for treatments.

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Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

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Photography by Vanessa McKeown
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Gahan Pandina: New tool may aid autism trials

by  /  14 February 2017

A new ‘knowledge engine’ collects reams of behavioral and sensory data to create highly sensitive outcome measures for autism drugs.

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Why I want to march for science

by  /  14 February 2017

Autism researcher Jonathan Sebat plans to push for policies that rest on empirical evidence and serve the common good.

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Borrowed brilliance: About half the scientists in the U.S. were born elsewhere.Peter M. Fisher / Getty Images
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How Trump’s travel ban can upend lives of scientists like me

by  /  10 February 2017

The ban could uproot the lives of many researchers in the United States and slow scientific progress not just in the U.S., but across the world.

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Illustration by Sam Chivers
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Daniel Geschwind: Making autism studies diverse

by  /  7 February 2017

A team of researchers is stepping out of the lab and into the community to recruit African-Americans for studies on the genetics of autism.

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