HIV Vaccine Data a Hoax, Scientist May Go to Prison

the MPR take:

Iowa State University lab manager Dong-Pyou Han has been indicted on four counts of falsifying data after he admitted to investigators that he added human antibodies to rabbit blood samples to make it look like an experimental HIV vaccine he was working on showed promise. Another lab had uncovered the discrepancies in the data. Charges for research fraud cases are rarely brought but given the amount of money spent (grants from the National Institutes of Health funded the project) and time wasted in pursuing the bogus vaccine, it is understandable why authorities will not turn a blind eye in Han's case.

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HIV Vaccine Data a Hoax, Scientist May Go to Prison

Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. A prosecutor said Han will be given another chance to appear next week.

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