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    Disseminating Scientific Truth: Keeping Fake News Out of Science Writing

    Fake science news has been around for a long time. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we? Remember when Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his infamous paper in 1998 that claimed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism?[1] And then remember how Jenny McCarthy latched onto that study like nobody’s business? And she went on talk shows and advocated against autism—even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the UK National Health Service, the US National Academy of Science, the Cochrane Library, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all researched Dr. Wakefield’s study and found no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Wakefield’s paper…