U.S. Court of Federal Claims is an autism expert

Okay, not really. But apparently it’s being asked to decide that thimerosol causes autism.

Who cares about science (and extensive epidemiological studies finding no link)? Let the courts decide…

On a (thematically, but not morally) related link, my dad came home from a chemistry conference with a paper someone presented on a possible biomarker for autism (summary: lower levels of stuff in pee):

Scroll down to “Stercobilin: A Possible Biomarker for Autism?”

Dad says that stercobilin has [mumbo jumbo isomerish chemical-esque] to do with mercury or thimerosol or something. It makes sense to believe the extensive epidemiological studies over a hypothesized connection without further evidence, though.

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One Response to U.S. Court of Federal Claims is an autism expert

  1. Michael says:

    The court can’t decide the science, but they can decide the morality and the utility calculus in an unclear situation. Science can’t say anything about how conclusive the research needs to be before thiomersal should be banned, or what needs to be proven before the industry can be held liable.

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