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Series casts more doubt on autism-vaccine link

Dr. Fiona Lee

The debate over the safety of the MMR vaccine won’t likely be quieted by this latest news. The British medical journal BMJ today is calling  the 1998 Lancet paper that implied a link between the MMR vaccine and autism “an elaborate fraud.”  The mumps, measles and rubella vaccine has long been suspected by some to play a role in the childhood development of autism. But BMJ editor-in-chief Dr. Fiona Godlee says the “scare was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud” and that such “clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare.” Last year, Lancet retracted the study linking MMR to autism, citing  faulty scientific research by Andrew Wakefield. BMJ is publishing a three-part investigative series this week to get to the heart of the scare.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment