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The author of the 1998 paper that fueld the anti-vaccination movement by asserting a link between MMR vaccinations and autism was recently found to have falsified his original data. The Sunday Times reports that the study’s author Andrew Wakefield “changed and misreported results in his research” which was originally published in The Lancet medical journal in 1998. “He is the man who almost single-handedly launched the scare over the MMR vaccine in Britain,” wrote ScienceBlogger Orac from respectful Insolence in his coverage of this revelation.

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  1. #1 Holy Prepuce!
    February 20, 2009

    The Vaccine Court’s release of its opinion on Darwin’s 200th birthday was fortuitous, seeing as the vaccine-autism faithful have a good deal in common with religious fundamentalists. They are so invested in their ideas that they ignore or attack any evidence to the contrary, and treat gaps in the opposing evidence as further proof in their favor.

    The obscenity of the “anti-vax” movement is stupefying– a campaign to reinstitute open sewers or ban refrigeration could scarcely threaten greater violence to the public health.

    I have much more to say on this topic here.