The short answer is no.
As we saw in Is It True That One Doctor Supposedly Debunked Andrew Wakefield's Autism Research?, Wakefield's ideas were addressed and found wanting by scores of researchers.
As it turns out, a junior author on two of the papers was accused of embezzling CDC funds. As of today, he is still in Denmark, awaiting extradition to the US to face 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
Does that mean the research is no good, and Wakefield's ideas are valid? No.
The two papers in question are:
- Madsen KM, Hviid A, Vestergaard M, Schendel D, Wohlfahrt J, Thorsen P, Olsen J, Melbye M. A population-based study of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and autism. N Engl J Med. 2002 Nov 7;347(19):1477-82.
- Madsen KM, Lauritsen MB, Pedersen CB, Thorsen P, Plesner AM, Andersen PH, Mortensen PB. Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data. Pediatrics. 2003 Sep;112(3 Pt 1):604-6.
To paraphrase David Gorski, writing at Science-Based Medicine, The curious case of Poul Thorsen, fraud and embezzlement, and the Danish vaccine-autism studies:
First, you need to understand the importance of the order of names in scientific and medical studies. The order of the authors' names is significant in scientific and medical studies. In straight science studies, the two most important authors are usually the first author and the last author. The last author is usually the senior author in whose laboratory the work was done, while the first author is the person whose project the work represents and who was the primary author of the manuscript. In medical papers (such as those published in Pediatrics or the New England Journal of Medicine), position in the author list usually signifies the relative contribution of each author to the article, the first being the most important and the last being the least important.
In both types of articles, there is always designated one author who is the corresponding author. In scientific papers, the corresponding author is almost always the last author; in medical papers it is usually the first author. The corresponding author is responsible for answering inquiries about the study and is generally considered to be the primary author for the paper. Look at the author list in the citations above. Thorsen's name is not first, nor is it last.
Thorsen’s position in the author lists of these two papers indicated that, whatever leadership position he may have held at Aarhus University and in its vaccine studies group, he clearly was not the primary contributor for these studies.
Furthermore, the papers were published in 2002 and 2003; presumably the research was done months or years earlier. According to the US Office of the Inspector General, Thorsen's financial misdeeds took place between 2004 and 2010.
Finally, there has been no hit of a whisper that these papers are even remotely at risk of being withdrawn.
Dr. Wakefied's research never claimed vaccines cause Autism. His research showed that vaccines cause intestinal damage that led to leaky gut syndrome which allowed toxins to enter the bloodstream and brain, And THAT is what caused Autism. The doctor that supposedly debunked his research was funded by Merck, the manufacturer of the MMR and was related to Rupert Murdoch who obviously controls lots of the mainstream media. This man was also convicted of embezzling CDC funds. Over two dozen studies have since confirmed what Wakefields studies have shown.