The whole autism-vaccine thing started with the publication of a paper in a highly respected medical journal, The Lancet, by Andrew Wakefield, claiming that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was associated with colitis and autism spectrum disorders. It was soon discovered that Wakefield failed to disclose multiple conflicts of interest and manipulated evidence. His paper was retracted by The Lancet, whose editor-in-chief described it as “utterly false” and said the journal had been “deceived.” Subsequent studies have established beyond doubt that Wakefield’s claims were wrong.
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