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Study linking vaccine to autism called 'fraud'

A study that implied that the MMR vaccine triggered cases of autism has just been called 'an elaborate fraud.'

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The now-infamous study linking vaccines to autism has just been called "an elaborate fraud."An editorial in the British Medical Journal made the claim about the study authored by Andrew Wakefield that originally appeared in The Lancet, a general medical and specialty journal in oncology, neurology and infectious diseases.

The study implied that the MMR vaccine triggered cases of autism.

The Lancet later retracted the study.

Now, the British Medical Journal asserts the study was based on doctored information about the children involved, as well as other altered facts.

Some experts believe Wakefield's work wasn't just fraudulent, but may have lead to preventable disease and death of children.


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