New details in Korean plagiarism case

Scientists continue to scuffle over blame and responsibility, and are taking their grievances to court

Alison McCook
Apr 9, 2007
A Korean scientist who co-authored a paper allegedly stolen from another scientist has turned the tables on the journal editor who spoke out on the paper in question, accusing him of defamation and threatening him with legal action.The paper, published in both a Korean journal and a 2005 issue of Fertility and Sterility, described the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to measure mitochondrial DNA in women with premature ovarian failure. In February, F&S editor-in-chief Alan DeCherney told The Scientist that the F&S authors, who he concluded had essentially submitted a translated version of a published Korean paper, had "perjured themselves" when they signed a statement saying the paper wouldn't appear anywhere else, and called the incident a "blight on the field." According a story in the British Medical Journal, a lawyer for Kwang-Yul Cha, first author of the the F&S paper, sent DeCherney a letter...

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