Scientist: Autism Paper Had Catastrophic Effects

Published February 8, 2010 in NPR

The prestigious British medical journal Lancet took a rare step and retracted a 1998 paper that sparked a firestorm about potential links between vaccines and autism. That paper has been a bane to Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine and chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Offit tells host Guy Raz why he thinks the paper was a disaster for parents seeking answers about autism.

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