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Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

Old 12-26-13, 09:16 PM
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Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

The main issue that I have here is that it seems that his only "punishment" is that he won't be requesting any more government grants for the next three years.

He doesn't have to pay restitution for the $19 million that he stole.

He doesn't have to spend any time in jail.

This is one of the most disgusting "slap on the wrists" that I have ever heard of:


http://nypost.com/2013/12/26/profess...19m-in-grants/

Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.


Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said.

The bogus findings helped Hanís team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutesí AIDS research.

The remarkable findings were reported in scientific journals but raised suspicions when other researchers could not duplicate Hanís results.

The NIH uncovered the scam when it checked the rabbit serum at a lab and found the human antibodies.

Han resigned from his university post as an assistant professor of biomedical studies in October. His case came to light this week when it was reported in the Federal Register.

Han agreed last month not to seek government contracts for three years, the register said.
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

Ugh, that's terrible. Still, this is why the scientific method is so important. It corrects for people who make shit up.
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Old 12-27-13, 02:38 AM
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

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Ugh, that's terrible. Still, this is why the scientific method is so important. It corrects for people who make shit up.
Yea, I'm surprised such a large grant was given on something that had not been better vetted. Especially on something so important.
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The remarkable findings were reported in scientific journals but raised suspicions when other researchers could not duplicate Han’s results.
Bradac expressed disappointment in the deception that led to the false research results.

“This doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “I’ve been with the NIH for 24 years and it’s the first case I’ve seen in the AIDS research field.”

He said a series of checks and balances in the system are designed to prevent such problems.

“When we saw these exciting developments, we didn’t at that time think there was any problem with contamination,” Bradac said. “Once someone comes out with very interesting result, they are asked by a lot of people to share their re-agents. It’s difficult to pull this off and it’s difficult not to be detected. This went on for several years and it wasn’t detected until January 2013.”

He said the findings were a “very exciting result,” and “got a lot of people’s attention.”

Although not published, which Bradac said was “kind of strange,” the research was reported at several international meetings.
http://amestrib.com/news/isu-researc...research-fraud

Sounds like they had faith in the process, for a little while at least...
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Old 12-27-13, 09:25 AM
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The article makes it sound like he'll be applying for more research grants in three years. He won't. This is a career-ending scandal. A researcher is only as good as his word, and if he's caught falsifying results, he will never get another job in his field.

This guy's future will be teaching freshman biology at some community college.
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

Well, he won't be getting any AIDS money, but come next year, he'll be receiving millions for something else.

Party on, dude!
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

Certainly restores my faith in government oversight and the scientific community's ability to police their own.

But, hey, it's just a mere $9 million. That's probably be gone before the three years are up, so give the guy a break.
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

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The article makes it sound like he'll be applying for more research grants in three years. He won't. This is a career-ending scandal. A researcher is only as good as his word, and if he's caught falsifying results, he will never get another job in his field.

This guy's future will be teaching freshman biology at some community college.
That's a very good point.
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Re: Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

I think we can finally put a fork in the whole "science" fad.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4500383.html

Han was working for a research team led by biomedical professor Michael Cho, but Han acted without knowledge of anyone else on the team, according to the Register.
Sure, I believe this.
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