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MMR paper officially retracted.

A TOP medical journal has officially retracted a research paper which linked the MMR vaccine and autism.

The Lancet - which had already published a partial retraction - said it now accepted the claims in the article were "false".

Its announcement comes just days after Coventry doctor Professor Simon Murch was told he faces being struck off for his role in the research. Last week the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled Dr Murch had failed to act as a responsible doctor.

He will face another hearing later this year to decide if the charges equal misconduct.

If they do Dr Murch, who has took up a post at Warwick Medical School and University Hospital after the study, could be removed from the medical register.

Lead researcher Dr Andrew Wakefield was also found guilty of numerous charges by the GMC.

But 10 contributors who retracted the research did not face charges from the GMC.

A statement issued by the Lancet read: "It has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect."

"Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record."
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Date:Feb 4, 2010
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