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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vaccine-Autism Link Study a "Fraud," Motivated by Money

By now, most have heard about the three-part series BMJ is publishing about Andrew Wakefield's now-discredited Lancet study linking vaccines to autism.  Part 1 explored the [to describe it charitably] flawed data; an accompanying editorial described it as an "elaborate fraud."  Part 2, published yesterday, discusses the role money -- lots and lots of money -- played in the fraud.

Also, over the weekend, NPR's All Things Considered had an interview with Seth Mnookin, whose new book, The Panic Virus, explores the history of the vaccine-autism issue.


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