Advocacy group minimizes connection between vaccines, autism

08/17/2009 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The chief science officer of the advocacy group Autism Speaks recently downplayed any connection between vaccines and the occurrence of autism. On the Autism Speaks Web site, Dr. Geri Dawson said that research has not found a link between a mercury preservative used in some vaccines and autism. While a spokeswoman said it is not a new position for the group, observers say Dawson's comments mark a significant policy shift for the nation's largest autism advocacy group.

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