How did a study that linked the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism ever get published in The Lancet, a respected British medical journal, in the first place? And why did it take a journalist to expose the research as a sham - a finding that finally resulted in the British Medical Journal denouncing the research as fraudulent in January, 2011?
Marina Jimenez, editorial writer at The Globe and Mail, covered autism issues as a reporter. She hosted an online chat with Brian Deer, the British journalist who broke the story.
(Brian Deer with also join a panel discussion with Penny Park, of Science Media Centre Canada, hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, at 6:30pm ET on Feb. 15 at the University of Toronto's Innis College. Click here for more information)
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