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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nature Issue on Autism

The prestigious journal Nature has a special issue about autism:
This week, Nature searches for some truths about autism. Some researchers have evidence to combat the notion that the rise in prevalence can all be explained by changes in how the condition is diagnosed (seepage 22). Others are debating the idea that some scientists and engineers are themselves 'on the spectrum', and are at high risk of having a child with autism (see page 25). At the same time, researchers are learning that although autism is a clearly disability, certain characteristics of it could be an advantage in science (seepage 33). A debunked link between vaccines and autism still clouds the public discussion, but some advocates have taken a firm stand in favour of rigorous science, and the answers it will eventually provide (seepage 28). Much more content can be found at