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New research on autism and measles “proves nothing”

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:315
  1. Eaton Lynn
  1. BMJ

    Controversial new research showing that many children with both autism and bowel disease have the measles virus in their intestinal tissue has fuelled further debate over the possible link between the illness and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine — although no such link is proved in the research.

    The paper, to be published shortly by the specialist journal Molecular Pathology (which is co-owned by the BMJ Publishing Group) and already available on its website (, was highlighted by a television programme (Panorama, BBC1, 3 Feb) on the safety of the MMR vaccine.

    It …

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