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Dr Wakefield joked about research methods


The doctor who first suggested the link between MMR and autism will hear whether he is guilty of unethical research practices.

Dr Andrew Wakefield's 1998 Lancet study prompted one of the biggest health scares for years.

However, the General Medical Council case has focused on how he carried out his research - which he stands by.

It was alleged he carried out invasive tests on children which were against their best clinical interests and paid children £5 for blood samples at his son's birthday party.

Dr Wakefield was filmed at a conference in 1999 joking about taking samples from children.

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