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Vaccines & Autism: Controversy Persists, But Why?

The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years later, the study has been retracted and scientists have had no luck finding a legitimate link between childhood vaccinations and autism. Yet, the debate rages on.

Why does over 20 percent of the population still think that vaccines cause autism? And what happens when parents act on their fears, refusing to inoculate their own children against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella?

Watch the full interview with Cara Santa Maria and Seth Mnookin.

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Interviewing astrophysicist and Nobel laureate John C. Mather in the studio today #talknerdytome (Taken with instagram)

Interviewing astrophysicist and Nobel laureate John C. Mather in the studio today #talknerdytome (Taken with instagram)

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Our own @CaraSantaMaria is interviewing physicist/author Brian Greene today! #talknerdytome (Taken with instagram)

Our own @CaraSantaMaria is interviewing physicist/author Brian Greene today! #talknerdytome (Taken with instagram)

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Why is the #talknerdytome crew SO FAR AWAY @carasantamaria @JHnLA (Taken with instagram)

Why is the #talknerdytome crew SO FAR AWAY @carasantamaria @JHnLA (Taken with instagram)

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