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Vaccine-Autism Link Dealt Blow

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Science  12 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5639, pp. 1454-1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5639.1454a

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Two new studies cast further doubt on the theory that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines causes autism. The findings are reassuring to the World Health Organization, which continues to recommend the use of small amounts of thimerosal to keep down the costs of essential vaccines.