Aluminum is added to vaccines to promote an immune response. The risk to infants is “extremely low,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr. Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic published the study in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry on September 5.
The study investigated if rats that were given vaccines would develop biomarkers of autism. It concluded that vaccines caused behavioral changes in rats with symptoms “consistent with those in autism.”
By mid-September, however, a post-publication analysis determined that data in the figures appeared to have been manipulated. At least one part of the study was copied from another study on vaccines that was published in 2014 by Dr. Shaw and Tomljenovic.
Dr. Shaw could not confirm that the data had been manipulated because he said it was in China. He said, “It’s like ‘the dog ate my homework.’ What are you going to do?”
One of the independent investigators who analyzed the study is Dr. Michael Gardam, associate professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Toronto. He said there was “pretty clear evidence that the data has been falsified.”
The images have been manipulated, according to what I’ve seen, and I’d argue [Shaw] clearly agrees with that because he’s actually retracting the paper.”
Investigators also noted that Dr. Shaw worked on another study that questioned the safety of the HPV vaccine. It was retracted in 2016 after being published in Vaccine due to “seriously flawed” methodology and concerns regarding its scientific integrity.