Thursday, January 29, 2009

Experts Over Actresses
(Via Kevin Drum) An executive with the group Autism Speaks is tired of her group's refusal to, as she sees it, listen to evidence about vaccines and autism. So she's quitting, and has some things to say, including that the public would be better served paying more attention to scientists and less attention to Jenny McCarthy.
In general, I disagree with a policy that says, "Despite what this study shows, more studies should be done." At some point, you have to say, "This question has been asked and answered and it's time to move on." We need to be able to say, "Yes, we are now satisfied that the earth is round."
There are more than a dozen studies that show no causal link between the MMR [measles-mumps-rubella] vaccine and autism, and thimerosal [a mercury-containing vaccine preservative] and autism. Over and over, the science has shown no causal link between vaccines and autism. My feeling is that if there was an unlimited pot of money at the NIH [National Institutes of Health] from which to fund autism science then it would be fine to say let's study it more. But we don't have that.

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