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May 21, 2012

CHECK POINT; Into the Fray Over the Cause of Autism

Published: March 4, 2008

''It's indisputable that autism is on the rise among children,'' Senator John McCain said while campaigning recently in Texas. ''The question is, What's causing it? And we go back and forth, and there's strong evidence that indicates that it's got to do with a preservative in vaccines.''

With that comment, Mr. McCain marked his entry into one of the most politicized scientific issues in a generation.

Mr. McCain is correct that autism diagnoses have increased in recent decades; no one disputes that. He is on much shakier ground when talking about the preservative as a cause. [ READ MORE ]

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