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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.

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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.
Opinion / Q&A
Illustration by Cornelia Li

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.
Opinion / Viewpoint
Illustration by Jun Cen

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.

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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.

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Opinion / Q&A

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 Nick Ogonsky
Opinion / Columnists / Spectrum of Care

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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Questions for Evan Eichler: An evolving theory of autism

by  /  6 September 2016

A gene that raises the risk of autism in some people may also give humans an evolutionary boost.

Illustration by Tianhua Mao
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Hyungbae Kwon: Building bridges in the brain

by  /  30 August 2016

A new study reveals how chemicals in the newborn brain forge connections between neurons.

Illustration and animation by Abigail Goh
Opinion / Viewpoint

Quest for autism biomarkers faces steep statistical challenges

by ,  /  23 August 2016

Finding a difference between people with and without autism is only the first step toward identifying a clinically useful marker of the condition.

Illustration by Peter Horvath
Opinion / Columnists / Life Science

Reckless report exaggerates flaws in brain scan software

by  /  16 August 2016

A bug in brain imaging software casts doubt on the results of some autism studies, but it’s way too soon to write off the powerful imaging technique.

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Timing is key to understanding sensory, social issues in autism

by  /  9 August 2016

Individuals with autism have trouble reading social cues because their brains connect sights and sounds over unusually long periods of time.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for McCarroll, Stevens: How immune cells sculpt brains

by  /  2 August 2016

Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.

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Going gluten-free unlikely to help most people with autism

by ,  /  26 July 2016

The presence of antibodies against a wheat protein may indicate that a child with autism would benefit from a gluten-free diet — but little data support this theory.

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