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Controversial autism research found to be elaborate fraud

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Controversial autism research found to be elaborate fraud

On January 6, 2011, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) released an investigative report claiming a now retracted autism research study in the UK was an elaborate fraud. The study, conducted by Andrew Wakefield and Arthur Krigsman, was originally published in 1998, and concluded that the MMR vaccine was directly causing Autism in young children. The paper started the MMR vaccine controversy, with many scientists claiming Wakefield was being intellectually dishonest. A number of the scientists who originally worked on the research with Wakefield have withdrawn their names from the report. However the scientists claimed they withdrew their names due to shoddy science on Wakefield's part, not because they believed the research was fraudulent.

BMJ's report is not a scientific study, but rather the result of in-depth research by journalists. The writer, investigative journalist Brian Deer, said Wakefield purposely presented false data to him in an attempt to create a vaccine scare and sue a number of pharmaceutical companies. According to BMJ, Wakefield received more than 435,000 pounds ($674,000) from the lawyers. In May 2010 Wakefield was stripped of his medical license.

Supporters of Wakefield and Krigsman claim the charges are nothing more than pharmaceutical companies attempting to reclaim money lost since the original publishing of the paper in 1998. In response paediatric neurologist Dr. Max Wiznitzer told CNN: "Unfortunately, his (Wakefield's) core group of supporters is not going to let the facts dissuade their beliefs that MMR causes autism."

Wakefield denies all charges of fraud.

CNN reports on the case

Kathleen and Eliot will talk with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, and JB Handley, the father of an autistic child and founder of Generation Rescue, about the following breaking story:

(CNN) – A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday. An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study - and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible. "It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief, told CNN. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."

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