Vaccine-autism researcher should be prosecuted

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    Ha, dig up rachel carson and bust her ass too...unreal.


    Finally, after 13 years of needless controversy, the British Medical Journal determined that Andrew Wakefield's vaccine-autism link constituted an "elaborate fraud."

    Having already lost his medical license in the UK for unethical professional conduct, it is now time for him to be prosecuted.

    The prosecution of a scientist, or any academic for that matter, might conjure up images of the trial of Galileo. For the sake of research integrity and academic freedom, it is not something to be undertaken lightly. Scientists require the flexibility to publish unconventional research, especially if that research is controversial or unsettling. However, there is a distinct line between controversy and fraud. Wakefield clearly crossed that line, according to the medical journal.

    In 1998, Wakefield conducted a small study with 12 children in which he reported finding a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. However, it was recently revealed that Wakefield manufactured the vaccine-autism link by falsifying patient histories. Despite the British journal's accusations, Wakefield maintains he did not commit fraud.

    Scientific fraud is a very serious matter. From a fiscal standpoint, it is essentially stealing money. Whether the funding comes from taxpayers, charities or private sources, there is an expectation that the recipients of such largesse act in good faith and honesty. Any knowledge produced from this funding then enters the public domain via scientific journals. Thus, when a scientist fabricates data, he is not only squandering limited financial resources but is also violating the public's trust.

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    Vaccine-autism researcher should be prosecuted - CNN.com
     
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    But the guy now has a faith based following. Doesn't he qualify as a religion?
     
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    funny how that works eh? :lol:
     
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    SAD.

    He should be prosecuted.

    I understand parents need to put the blame for a child's problems on something and this all just sounded so good to any who needed it. My stupid sister wasn't going to get her son vaccinated because of all of this.
     
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    Autism rates seemed to rise in the USA about the same time as Rush LImbaugh started broadcasting.
    Coincidence?
     
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    How many children weren't vaccinated because of this liar?

    The study only had 12 children, and it was validated as gospel? Really?


    NOBODY yet knows what causes autism, though there may be many factors, and there are many spectrums of it.


    Elaborate Fraud indeed. :evil:
     
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    Yep, the downs syndrome ones.
    The normal looking but autistic ones.
    The Palintologists, etc.
     
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    you bet, same for the rates of Caesarean sections after Edwards channeled that 5 year old girl...
     
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    Whether that fraud gets prosecuted or not, he now has zero credibility in the scientific community, and will be avoided like the plague.
     

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