Festive Fraud

Two biomedical researchers have been found guilty of falsifying data.

By | January 2, 2013

FLICKR, STEAKPINBALLFederal investigators ended 2012 by censuring two researchers for scientific misconduct.  In a Federal Register notice published last week (26 December), the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announced that Terry S. Elton, who studies the role of messenger RNA in cardiovascular disease at Ohio State University, had falsified or fabricated Western blots—a technique used to identify proteins—in a National Institutes of Health grant and in 18 figures included in six different published papers. As a result of the investigation, Elton agreed to exclude himself from federal grant applications for 3 years and requested the retraction of five papers.

Two days later (28 December 2012), the ORI announced that Martin Biosse-Duplan of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine falsified data in a lab meeting and two published abstracts. Biosse-Duplan, who studies the cellular basis of bone formation and resorption, agreed to exclude himself from federal grant applications for 2 years. For another 2 years after that period, his research will be supervised by the ORI to ensure scientific integrity.


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Avatar of: Paul Stein

Paul Stein

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January 2, 2013

Why "festive"?  Let's not let The Scientist go the hyper-annoyingly pun-crazy way of AAAS's Science.

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January 3, 2013

This is the culture at Ohio State University. For example, Robert J. Lee, in the same academic unit, obtained multiple NIH grants under pretense. In spite of the NIH ruling (see NIH report:    see page 2), lee was promoted to full professor! 

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