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Lancet Retracts Controversial Autism Paper

By |February 3, 2010|News|

Retraction of 1998 Wakefield Study May Not Sway Those Who Fear Vaccine-Autism Link
Source ABC News

It was the scientific paper that served as a central pillar for the idea that vaccination could increase children’s risk of developing autism.

Now, with a formal retraction from the Lancet, the medical journal which in 1998 published this piece of research by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, most researchers will view the study as if it had never been published in the first place.

In a statement explaining its retraction of Wakefield’s paper, the Lancet said: “Following the judgment of the U.K. General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel on Jan. 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect … in particular, the claims in the original paper that children were ‘consecutively referred’ and that investigations were ‘approved’ by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.” (more…)