"If you can get around well, the fact that you do it awkwardly doesn't interest me.

'Normal' is an increasingly stupid idea."

Peter Rosenbaum, McMaster University, on the importance of focusing on abilities rather than deficits in assessing children with disabilities.

"Alex [Reymond] calls me on my cell and says, 'Guess what? We think that there's a link between the 16p pathology and cilia.'

I think what I said to him was, 'Bullshit,' and 'Oh, good Lord, no!'"

Nicholas Katsanis, Duke University, who thought he had left his early-career cilia research behind when he switched to autism.

"Scientific misconduct is scientific misconduct. I honestly don't see any difference between withholding something in a deliberate attempt to influence the findings and just making it up."

Bryan King, University of Washington, about evidence supporting the allegation that Janssen Pharmaceuticals omitted data on risperidone’s side effects in a 2003 study.

"This international collaborative spirit is truly the lifeblood of genetics. It is only through working together and drawing together these large sample sizes that we can make inroads into the genetic basis of these devilishly difficult phenotypes and disorders."

Benjamin Neale, Massachusetts General Hospital, singing the praises of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.

"It speaks to how little we know about autism in terms of care, and the desperation that many parents feel to just try everything they can."

Ashli Owen-Smith, Georgia State University, on her surprise at just how many parents turn to alternative and complementary therapies for their children with autism.

"I think they think her curly blond hair is a nest or something, and she's had really bad experiences with many types of birds dive-bombing her head."

Dorothy Schafer, University of Massachusetts Worcester, on why her former mentor Beth Stevens will never be seen working with zebra finches.

"It's fine if it's something like learning musical instruments.

It's not so fine if you decide to starve yourself, because I wanted to do that to perfection as well."

Maya, a 24-year-old with autism, reflecting on her struggle with anorexia.

"It's as if you knew the world was black and white, but people talked about reds and blues and greens, and eventually you just became angry because you thought people were putting you on.

And then suddenly you go into the lab, a scientist does something to you and you walk out and see all the colors in the world. And you realize: It's real."

John Elder Robison, autism self-advocate and author of "Look Me in the Eye," describing his experience with transcranial magnetic stimulation.