Dr. Wakefield published a highly controversial article in a 1995 issue of The Lancet linking the MMR vaccine to autism. He was found guilty of research dishonesty, had publications related to the scandal retracted by the journals, and barred from practicing medicine by the UK General Medicine Council.
Ms. Viswanathan was found to have plagiarized Megan McCafferty. Her young adult novel, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life" was recalled by the publisher. Her book contract was also canceled.