July 6, 2015
This is about time. Here, $7.2 million that could have gone to close to two dozen truly deserving, starting out scientists just went up in smoke. This is just as bad as Medicare fraud, worse even by the numbers, so, jail time? Oh, yeah! It's about time someone had the guts to state that ORI "sanctions" are toothless. I hope that there are many more decisions like this one. Saying, "You did weewee bad, and you need to take a time out.", is worthless. In Industry, if one flagrantly violates the FDA's research GLP or GCP regulations, one could serve jail time. Why should the treatment of other criminals be any different? Regarding this case, the so-called bioethicists have gotten another one wrong.
This case also goes, AGAIN, to the heart of the sick research enterprise in America, zero oversight by principal investigators. Michael Cho has placed a cloud over his own organization, a big one.