On Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:47:36 -0000, "john" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Dr. Andrew Wakefield announced today his intention to move on to a new phase
>of leadership in the autism community as he also prepares a more aggressive
>defense of his scientific accomplishments in the wake of a ruling from the
>U.K.'s General Medical Council (GMC).
Someone should point out to him that he has no defence left to make.
He has been found guilty. All he has left is a plea in mitigation of
>That ruling, which charged Wakefield
>and two pediatric gastroenterologists with misconduct,
It didn't charge them, it found them guilty of misconduct.
>Wakefield, previously the Executive Director of Thoughtful House, had been a
>senior scientist in charge of an ambitious primate research program on
>vaccine safety. The first paper from this project was published online on
>October 2, 2009 by Neurotoxicology (see HERE) who then decided unexpectedly
>on February 12 not to proceed with publication in the print edition
They didn't decide not to publish - they retracted the paper in its
entirety. His co-author appears to have now taken his place at his
ex-business at Thoughtful House.
>Earlier this week, Jane Johnson of Thoughtful House released the following
>statement. "We fully support [Dr. Wakefield's] decision to leave Thoughtful
Is that the Johnson of "Johnson and Johnson" the large pharmaceutical