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Letters MMR scare

Robust procedures for research conduct are needed

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d805
  1. Malcolm Green, professor emeritus1
  1. 1Imperial College, London, UK
  1. malcolm{at}

I congratulate Brian Deer for exposing the MMR (mumps. measles, and rubella) story—it makes depressing reading.1

It would be comforting to think that researchers who manipulate results are “bad apples” that occur from time to time, and that we should learn to guard against them. Sadly this is optimistic. Research misconduct is widespread, varying from the minor (“omit this patient”) to substantial …

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