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Spectrum

Miniature microscope records thousands of neurons in moving mice | April 12, 2022 | Read

Open-source algorithm automates common marble-burying assay | April 1, 2022 | Read

Switching neurons on and off to probe autism circuits | March 23, 2022 | Read

Health-care barriers prevent many autistic people from seeking medical treatment | March 10, 2022 | Read

Electronic health record alerts for physicians boost autism study enrollment | March 4, 2022 | Read

Controlling neurons with ultrasound: Q&A with Sreekanth Chalasani | March 1, 2022 | Read

*Women outnumbered among editors of top journals in neuroscience, but not in autism | February 23, 2022 | Read

*Most autism intervention studies lack data on race, ethnicity | February 14, 2022 | Read

*Anorexia before or during pregnancy linked to having a child with autism | February 7, 2022 | Read

*Introducing Spectrum’s Autism Drug Trial Tracker | January 12, 2022 | Read

‘Pay-to-participate’ autism stem-cells paper retracted | December 2, 2021 | Read

*Age at autism diagnosis, first intervention drops to under 3 years | November 19, 2021 | Read

*Cognitive behavioral therapy may be only mildly effective for anxious, autistic children | November 16, 2021 | Read

Society for Neuroscience cancels in-person meeting | October 8, 2021 | Read

*Missed check-ups, delayed autism diagnoses among low-income children | October 6, 2021 | Read

*Few autism researchers plan to attend conferences in person this year: Survey | October 4, 2021 | Read

Q&A with W. David Lohr: Antipsychotics, polypharmacy among autistic preschoolers | September 21, 2021 | Read

Autism mouse models cluster by brain activity pattern | September 10, 2021 | Read

Autism study earns ‘expression of concern’ over unavailable data | September 3, 2021 | Read

Protein atlas doubles number of known interactions in mice | August 26, 2021 | Read

*Sex, age of diagnosis correlate with autism comorbidities | July 30, 2021 | Read

Ultra-rare variants point to new autism candidate genes | July 26, 2021 | Read

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Ofer Yizhar | July 26, 2021 | Read

Method tracks neuron paths, gene expression simultaneously | July 21, 2021 | Read

Q&A with Richard Bethlehem: What goes into a Brainhack | July 9, 2021 | Read

New optogenetics technique minimizes thermal damage to neurons | July 8, 2021 | Read

*Polypharmacy, shifting prescriptions common for autism comorbidities | July 1, 2021 | Read

Disrupted cell skeletons may explain brain wiring changes in autism-linked condition | June 28, 2021 | Read

Wireless optogenetic devices sync neurons among mice | June 17, 2021 | Read

Copyright claim prompts retraction of study on alexithymia in autism | June 9, 2021 | Read


Scientific American

Mosquitoes See Red (Literally) when They Smell Human Breath | May 2022 issue | Read

Newly Studied Proteins Expand CRISPR's Editing Range | Feb. 2021 issue | Read


The Counter

Foodborne diseases kill thousands of Americans each year. Tracing food with genetically engineered spores could help | Jan. 19, 2021 | Read

Earth Island Journal

Illinois Wind Farm Project Threatens Rare Frog Species | Apr. 12, 2021 | Read

Retraction Watch

Clinical trial paper that made anemia drug look safer than it is will be retracted | May 11, 2021 | Read

Prominent Chinese scientist failed to disclose company ties in COVID-19 clinical trial paper | May 4, 2021 | Read

Ecologist who lost thesis awards earns expressions of concern after laptop stolen | May 3, 2021 | Read

Editor declines to correct paper with duplicated image after earlier study disappears | Apr. 26, 2021 | Read

University in Japan revokes doctorate for plagiarism of text, image | Apr. 14, 2021 | Read

The rector who resigned after plagiarizing a student’s PhD thesis | Apr. 12, 2021 | Read

An author asked for multiple corrections to a paper. PLOS ONE decided to retract it. | Apr. 6, 2021 | Read

Seven barred from research after plagiarism, duplications in eleven papers | Apr. 5, 2021 | Read

Paper claiming Muslim patients are “particularly sensitive” retracted | March 29, 2021 | Read

Editor who opined on author excuses has paper subjected to an expression of concern | March 25, 2021 | Read

“Riddled with errors”: Study of cell phones and breast cancer retracted | March 22, 2021 | Read

University clears scientist of logging industry’s misconduct allegations | March 18, 2021 | Read

After grad student suicide, misconduct findings, university suspends professor | March 16, 2021 | Read

Bad blood at a lab leads to retraction after postdoc publishes study without supervisor’s permission | March 15, 2021 | Read

University of Tennessee investigation finds manipulated images in Science paper | March 4, 2021 | Read

Meet the postdoc who says he’s been trying to retract his own paper since 2016 | Feb. 26, 2021 | Read

Eleven papers corrected after nutrition prof fails to disclose patent, company ties | Feb. 12, 2021 | Read

Leading evidence-based group blames pandemic for 9-month delay pulling flawed cancer review | Feb. 11, 2021 | Read

Mathematician ranked as Clarivate “highly cited researcher” has third paper retracted | Feb. 3, 2021 | Read

Journal pulls two studies that listed an author without his permission | Feb. 1, 2021 | Read

What is a figure about budgies doing in four different plant papers? | Jan. 29, 2021 | Read

“The whole thing is yucky:” When you’re surprised to find yourself as an author on a paper | Jan. 26, 2021 | Read (Later covered in WIRED.

“I don’t think I slept for a day and a half:” Bad news for study about bad news | Jan. 25, 2021 | Read


By the Numbers (Spectrum newsletter)

*By the Numbers: Services cliff, hospital costs, co-occurring ADHD | April 14, 2022 | Read

*Spectrum Index: Rare genetic diagnoses, obesity odds, violence against children | March 31, 2022 | Read

*By the Numbers: Mental health diagnoses, melatonin-tied polypharmacy, journal gender gap | March 16, 2022 | Read

*Spectrum Index: IQ deviations, rural disparities and underweight infants | February 23, 2022 | Read

*By the Numbers: Autism funding over time, West African research, racial reporting | February 16, 2022 | Read

*By the Numbers: Unequal ABA access, autism incidence by insurance type, criminal charges counts | January 20, 2022 | Read

*By the Numbers: Autism in translation, rising prevalence figures, intelligence quotients | December 21, 2021 | Read

*By the Numbers: Black neuroscience speakers, mildly effective CBT, autism’s diagnostic odyssey | November 19, 2021 | Read

*By the Numbers: Preschool antipsychotics, COVID-19 vaccinations, delayed autism diagnoses | October 20, 2021 | Read

*By the Numbers: Machine learning, dementia link, antipsychotics while pregnant | September 16, 2021 | Read

*By the Numbers: Coronavirus infection odds, Medicaid waivers, correlating conditions | August 19, 2021 | Read

*By the Numbers: Polypharmacy, outpatient autism care, pandemic behaviors | July 1, 2021 | Read


Forbes

New this ski season: A jacket brewed like spider’s silk (with John Cumbers) | Aug. 28, 2019 | Read

Meet eight tech titans investing In synthetic biology (with John Cumbers) | Sep. 14, 2019 | Read


Scienceline

A light switch for cutting DNA | Apr. 12, 2021 | Read

How a Minnesota town cut back on salt | Apr. 9, 2021 | Read

Audio: What does the coronavirus sound like? | Jan. 21, 2021 | Listen

AI can’t color old photos accurately. Here’s why | Jan. 13, 2021 | Read

AI can make music. But will it replace your favorite musician? | Jan. 8, 2021 | Read

Hackers set their sights on 3D printers | Dec. 22, 2020 | Read

Black veterans more likely to test positive for coronavirus than white veterans | Nov. 20, 2020 | Read

Viral genome built in a test tube | Nov. 17, 2020 | Read


Caltech Letters

Decoding the language of genomes (with Suzy Beeler) | Nov. 3, 2020 | Read

How synthetic biologists could save the Cavendish banana from the brink of collapse | Nov. 19, 2019 | Read


SynBioBeta

Automated biology is now an affordable reality | Aug. 14, 2020 | Read

How aquaculture innovation can save seafood | Jan. 12, 2020 | Read

How automation and machine learning help explore the dark corners of the genome | Oct. 22, 2019 | Read

Spiber’s biomaterials stack: From new production facility to fashion runway | Sep. 4, 2019 | Read

One lab in Germany is using robots to advance computer-aided synthetic biology | Aug. 3, 2019 | Read

Synthetic biology gets a makeover with Evonetix's DNA synthesis technology | July 8, 2019 | Read

How synthetic biology is dyeing the future of fashion | July 2, 2019 | Read

Synthetic biology for sustainable cities (with John Cumbers) | June 25, 2019 | Read

Why carbon recycling could be synthetic biology's crowning achievement | June 25, 2019 | Read

Biology unlocked: Emerging applications of cell-free systems | April 30, 2019 | Read

Biotechnology meets fashion and sports performance: Trends in the apparel industry | March 26, 2019 | Read

Find a needle in the cancer haystack | March 5, 2019 | Read

Living medicines: Engineering the microbiome | Feb. 19, 2019 | Read

Synthetic biology and reproducibility meet on the internet (of things) | Jan. 7, 2019 | Read

Synthetic life: Made from scratch | Nov. 22, 2018 | Read

Scientists are engineering organisms to create new materials | May 25, 2018 | Read


Massive Science

A proposal to use CRISPR to prevent opioid overdoses is a useless approach to healthcare | Sep. 17, 2020 | Read

Here’s why many CRISPR/Cas9 experiments could be wrong – and how to fix them | Dec. 13, 2019 | Read

New parasitic interaction discovered in Antarctic lakes | July 30, 2019 | Read

Fighting cancer with exploding antibody-filled bacteria | July 27, 2019 | Read


Little Village Magazine

Iowa’s dwindling bee population is part of a larger, frightening trend (cover story) | Sep. 19, 2017 | Read

UI students are rewiring genes to create biodegradable plastic | Oct. 31, 2017 | Read

By ‘poking’ cells, a University of Iowa lab studies the science of healing | Aug. 23, 2018 | Read

Six groundbreaking research projects at the University of Iowa | Aug. 2, 2018 | Read

The best and worst of 2017 (science)| Dec. 5, 2017 | Read


CRISPR Medicine News

Which protein domain is best for CRISPRi? A new study has the answer | Oct. 26, 2020 | Read

The Official PLOS Blog

Science Behind-the-Scenes: Multiplexed CRISPR and sgRNA arrays with the Howard Salis lab | Nov. 13, 2019 | Read

Science Behind-the-Scenes: CRISPR for metabolic engineering with Dr. Raphael Ferreira | Nov. 4, 2019 | Read

Science Behind-the-Scenes: Engineering microbial consortia with Dr. Marika Ziesack | Oct. 11, 2019 | Read

Science Behind-the-Scenes: Tethered ribosomes with Dr. Erik Carlson | Oct. 25, 2019 | Read

Science Behind-the-Scenes: Do-It-Yourself OD measurements with Dr. Chinna Devarapu and Vamsi Yallapgragada | Oct. 18, 2019 | Read


The Key Reporter

Scientists: On your mark, get set, paint! | Feb. 23, 2016 | Read

Edwin L. Sabin: Life of the literary frontiersman | May 4, 2016 | Read

Science communication is gaining STEAM | May 11, 2016 | Read

Cornel West (profile) | June 20, 2016 | Read

Interview with Audrey Bahrick | Sep. 22, 2016 | Read


Iowa City, UNESCO City of Literature

Faces of the City of Literature: John Kenyon | 2017 | Read

Faces of the City of Literature: Andrea Wilson | 2017 | Read

Faces of the City of Literature: Nialle Sylvan | 2017 | Read


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