Girls and autism

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Link between autism and transness being misused, scientists say

Some researchers are pushing back — with mixed results.

By Emmet Fraizer
8 September 2023 | 6 min read
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Genetic background sways effects of autism-linked mutation

Experiments offer clues to why certain mutations are associated with autism in some people and not others.

By Charles Q. Choi
18 May 2023 | 4 min read
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Immune molecule alters cellular makeup of human brain organoids

The changes may help explain the link between maternal infection and autism, though more research is needed.

By Charles Q. Choi
5 April 2023 | 4 min listen
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Autism incidence in England varies by ethnicity, class, location

High rates of autism are linked to lower socioeconomic status and minority ethnic groups, according to the largest-ever autism incidence study.

By Isabel Ruehl
6 December 2022 | 5 min read
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Null and Noteworthy: COVID-19 conclusions; diagnosis duplication; oxytocin again

This month’s newsletter explores the pandemic’s effects on autism rates, trends in co-occurring mental health conditions, and the impact of intranasal oxytocin.

By Emily Harris
10 November 2022 | 5 min read

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By Olivia Gieger
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Brain organoid size matches intensity of social problems in autistic people

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By Holly Barker
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