Autism Spectrum Disorder and Vaccines

Today’s major science news of course is that The British Medical Journal, after an exhaustive review, concluded that the 1998 paper linking autism to vaccines was in fact fraud. ScienceInsider has the news here.

This is a neuroscience story with tremendous legs. It is a spectacular illustration of how policy and neuroscience can intersect with disastrous results.

Money quote:

His report is another strike against the already-retracted research, which was led by Wakefield. A 2002 study failed to replicate the findings; the British General Medical Council spent 2.5 years investigating and a year ago concluded that Wakefield’s conduct was “dishonest” and “misleading.” The Lancet retracted the paper, and Wakefield lost his license to practice medicine in the United Kingdom.