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Canadian researchers whose studies questioned vaccine safety face second retraction

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 23 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4904
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A study that linked aluminium vaccine adjuvants to genetic changes “homologous with biomarkers of autism” in mice is to be retracted by the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.1

The retraction comes after readers of the website PubPeer claimed to have found image alterations in the paper. The study authors Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic of the University of British Columbia then reviewed the data and found evidence of western blot image alterations. They contacted the journal and asked for the retraction, Shaw told The BMJ.

The journal’s editor, John Dawson of the University of South Carolina, told the website Retraction Watch, “The paper by Shaw and co-workers is being retracted jointly by the authors …

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