I was getting buried in the old thread, so I hope a spin-off is OK.
William W. Thompson of the CDC confessed the following: http://www.morganverkamp.com/august-...ne-and-autism/
I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.
In light of his confession, I have some questions. I am hoping to hear some answers from our regular, (and not-so-regular) pro-vaxxers. Anyone can jump in, though.
These are questions that nobody, neither here nor in the blogosphere, seems to be addressing.
1. In light of Thompson's confession, should the editorial board of the journal, Pediatrics, retract this study?
2. In the interests of science, should the study be conducted again, rewritten, and republished with the missing data included?
3. If so, what kind of oversight and accountabilty should be part of this process to ensure an ethical research process this time?