Is the CDC Hiding Autism’s Link to Vaccines?

The fractious debate over childhood vaccines and autism has taken new turn. Newly published research claims government scientists covered up data linking vaccines to autism in some African-American boys.

The paper authored by biochemical engineer Brian Hooker of Simpson University was published in the scientific journal Translational Neurogeneration but suddenly withdrawn.

Hooker’s paper re-analyzed data from a landmark 2004 paper by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shot down links between autism and the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.

Hooker’s research claimed to find a higher rate of vaccination among a subset of African-American boys who developed autism than those who did not — a finding Hooker claims was suppressed by the CDC.

The paper suggests the re-analysis provides “new evidence of a statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American males.” It says some children may be genetically predisposed to suffer negative effects from the vaccines.