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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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February 2017
Borrowed brilliance: About half the scientists in the U.S. were born elsewhere.Peter M. Fisher / Getty Images
Opinion / Viewpoint

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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January 2017
Illustration by Bee Johnson
Opinion / Viewpoint

Imaging of social brain enters real world

by ,  /  31 January 2017

Studies of social-brain function are moving out of scanners and into realistic settings.

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Illustration by Sam Chivers
Opinion / Viewpoint

Exploring the hidden world of inhibitory brain signals

by ,  /  24 January 2017

Scientists have discovered more than 100 new proteins at junctions in the brain that dampen neuronal activity.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Smoke, mirrors and Robert Kennedy Jr.’s vaccine safety panel

by  /  12 January 2017

Don’t let Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s appointment distract us from fighting the policy changes that could have dire consequences for people with autism.

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December 2016
Illustration by Federica Bordoni
Opinion / Viewpoint

Young woman with autism asks: ‘Am I so different?’

by  /  26 December 2016

A college student on the spectrum reflects on her struggles relating to others and gaining independence — and on the people who have given her hope.

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Illustration by Jun Cen
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A call to scientists to develop communication tools for autism

by  /  20 December 2016

People with autism who speak few or no words need tools that can help them communicate. Scientists could make this happen.

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Illustration by Patrick George
Opinion / Viewpoint

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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November 2016
Illustration by John Hersey
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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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variety of channels for science communication
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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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October 2016
researchers study the human eye
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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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