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Why the 21st Century Cures Act could be disastrous for medicine

by  /  1 December 2016

A new bill threatens to lower the scientific standards that have made the Food and Drug Administration’s approval the gold standard worldwide.

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Questions for Yael Niv: How to fight sexism in science

by  /  14 November 2016
Male scientists typically dominate speaker lineups at conferences. The skewed gender ratio stunts women’s careers — and progress in science.
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Beyond citations: Why scientists need to engage with public

by  /  14 November 2016
Scientists should regularly relate their work to a broad audience, and universities should support these efforts.
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Illustration by John Hersey

Autism diagnosis must account for individual ability to function

by  /  29 November 2016
A new guide offers the most detailed assessment yet of ability in people with autism, and may be a useful tool for diagnosis and research.

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Scientists blend work and life into palatable cocktails

by  /  14 November 2016

We asked researchers how they managed to mix family and fun with science into their days — and received some clever recipes.

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Questions for Timothy Murphy: Mice take selfies of their brains

by  /  8 November 2016

By coaching mice to position themselves under a microscope, researchers can regularly peer into their brains without disrupting the rodents’ social life.

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Questions for Bishop, Havdahl: Tantrums trick autism tests

by  /  1 November 2016

Children with low intelligence or behavioral issues — but not autism — may meet the criteria for autism on standard diagnostic tests.

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Visual system may offer glimpse of autism’s effects in brain

by ,  /  25 October 2016

Studying the visual system could help scientists understand how autism alters neural functioning in the brain.

Illustration by Julia Yellow
Opinion / Viewpoint

Same DNA deletion paves paths to autism, schizophrenia

by  /  18 October 2016

Deletion of a section of chromosome 22 can cause psychosis in one individual and autism in another, via independent biological pathways.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Ed Lein: Charting new territories in brains

by  /  11 October 2016

A new atlas provides the most in-depth look to date at the human brain.

Illustration by Cornelia Li
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Rudolf Jaenisch: Creating mouse-human hybrids

by  /  4 October 2016

Despite ethical concerns, watching how human neurons develop in the mouse brain could help scientists understand conditions such as autism.

Neurons in a mouse brain, courtesy of Rafael Yuste / Columbia University
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Questions for Rafael Yuste: How to rewire neurons with light

by  /  27 September 2016

Repeatedly activating a group of neurons causes them to fire as a unit on their own. Once the ensemble has formed, stimulating a single neuron triggers activity in the rest of the group.

Illustration by Jun Cen
Opinion / Viewpoint

Women with autism hide complex struggles behind masks

by ,  /  20 September 2016

A new study shows that women with autism are continually misunderstood, work to camouflage their true selves and face a high risk of sexual abuse.

Illustration by Nick Ogonsky
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Autism therapies blur boundary between clinic, everyday life

by  /  13 September 2016

Modern treatments for autism are often led by parents and integrated into a child’s daily life.

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