What does genetics tell us about chronic pain?

DNA2For a long time, pain was thought to be too slippery to be pegged to genes. But now genetics research is helping to identify root causes of pain, and possible avenues for new treatments.

Read this story at Relief.

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Supplemental or detrimental?

Journals are debating the value of supplemental materials — the extra figures and tables that appear online, but not in the printed version of a paper. Initially embraced as a benefit to online publishing, these supplemental materials also come with some drawbacks.

Read this article at The Scientist.

Progress in autism research at IMFAR 2009

IMFAR2From demonstrations of innovative technologies to a special sleep symposium to a keynote address about crucial neural pathways that may be disrupted—and potentially fixed—in autism, scientists from all areas of autism research shared their findings. Getting this input while research is in progress is crucial to producing the most reliable and relevant science about autism.

Read this article and daily updates of the meeting at Autism Speaks.