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Study linking vaccines, autism branded an ‘elaborate fraud,’ but author sticks to his guns

A 1998 study that linked childhood autism to a vaccine was branded an “elaborate fraud” by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Thursday, but its lead author said he was the victim of a smear campaign by drug manufacturers. In an interview late Wednesday with CNN, Andrew Wakefield denied inventing data…

More news in the vaccination wars

This is part one of Frontline’s coverage of the vaccine wars. Great news: Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s tattered reputation takes another blow in light of his increasingly-sleazy-seeming research that linked MMR vaccines with autism (and was subsequently disproved in every way). A doctor who touched off a worldwide panic over an…