SPOTLIGHT: Autism link researcher faces charges

Dr. Andrew Wakefield and two colleagues will begin their defense today against charges they violated ethics guidelines in the U.K. while developing a 1998 paper that linked autism to vaccines. That study raised a hue and cry around the world that has yet to completely die down, even after a raft of studies now conclude that there is no link. One charge alleges that he took blood samples from children at a party after offering financial rewards. He is also accused of failing to disclose to a journal that he was advising attorneys representing parents who alleged their children were harmed by a jab. Article