Another blow for Wakefield as Neurotoxicology paper withdrawn

A study authored by Andrew Wakefield and published in the journal “Neurotoxicology” has been withdrawn overnight. This follows last weeks complete retraction by The Lancet of his now notorious 1998 study that suggested a link between MMR vaccine and autism.

Following The Lancet retraction on February 2nd, 2010, the anti-vax movement latched onto the Neurotoxicology paper as evidence that vaccines do indeed cause autism and further, that The Lancet was trying to silence Wakefield.

In a statement published on the Generation Rescue website, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey said;

“Neurotoxicology, a highly-respected medical journal, deserves great credit for courageously publishing the first phase of this vaccinated monkey study.”

The study was in macaques, a type of monkey, and reported impaired neurological development following a vaccination with a thimerosal containing vaccine. Although the Neurotoxicology editors did not explain why they withdrew the paper, it is likely that the recent findings of the General Medical Council in the UK that Wakefield was “unethical callous and dishonest” and did not declare serious conflicts of interests surrounding the Lancet paper, contributed to the decision.

The withdrawal also likely impacts on the second phase of this study, reportedly soon to be submitted for publication which according to Generation Rescue,

“..followed the monkeys through the U.S. childhood vaccine schedule over a multi-year period. It is our understanding that the difference in outcome for the vaccinated monkeys versus the unvaccinated controls is both stark and devastating.”

As yet there has been no response from Generation Rescue, but based on their comments about the Lancet retraction,

“Having denied the possibility of the vaccine-autism connection for so long while profiting immensely from a recent boom in vaccine sales around the world, it’s no surprise that they would seek to repress this important work.”

it is expected they will cry conspiracy and continue to line up in support of Wakefield.

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