Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Vaccine fears trouble researcher, father

Emily Hotez, a George Washington University sophomore who is interested in studying autism, with her father at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Emily hopes her autistic sister Rachel "can develop an intimate friendship or relationship with someone who is not a family member. . . . She has never really had friends." (By Mark Finkenstaedt For The Washington Post)
Vaccine researcher Peter Hotez understands the desperation parents feel when their children are diagnosed with autism; his 15-year-old daughter is also on the autism spectrum. But he is angered that fears over vaccines attract so much attention, saying "[Autism] is not something that can be caused by a toxin after birth. This is a deeply patterned mis-wiring in the brain, and this is not how a toxin works." The Washington Post

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