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Lab papers show autistic kids' research was started before any ethical approval

This page is material from the award-winning investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London, the UK’s Channel 4 TV network and BMJ, the British Medical Journal, which exposed vaccine research fraudster Andrew Wakefield | Investigation summary

In the first phase of Brian Deer's inquiries, it was revealed that the research investigations as published in the Lancet weren't approved by the Royal Free's ethics committee, despite saying in the text that they were. In the second part, Brian Deer has shown that most of the Lancet children included in the Lancet paper were admitted to the hospital before the ethics committee approved anything, despite an undertaking to the committee that children enrolled before approval would be excluded from the trial


Below are lab reports from October 1996 - more than six weeks before the hospital's ethics committee met and approved a study (albeit not what was published) by Wakefield and his colleagues. They show that gut samples from children had already been tested with antibodies for measles virus, in what the documents describe as the "autistic children study" and "autistic child study". The forms below even contain control samples, proving this is research



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