Sabotaging studentsThe United States Office of Research Integrity (ORI) found former University of Michigan postdoc Vipul Bhrigu guilty of research misconduct for altering experiments and thus the data record, according to a linkurl:report;http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-10150.htm published yesterday (April 27) in the Federal Register."We are very happy that the ORI has been able to come to this conclusion," linkurl:Theo Ross,;http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/rosslab/home Bhrigu's former PI, of the University of Michigan told The Scientist in an email. "Ecstatic may be a better word."
Last year, one of Ross's graduate students, Heather Ames, noticed that she kept making the same mistakes while performing experiments, and that as she corrected these errors, new ones would pop up. She grew suspicious, especially after successfully running her experiments in her boyfriend's lab, and accused postdoc Bhrigu of intentionally manipulating her experiments, including switching the labels on cell cultures, adding alcohol to her culture media, and tampering...
--Hannah WatersCopycat imagesInfection and ImmunityInfection and Immunity--Bob GrantCorrection: This story has been updated from its original version to correctly state that it was not Ames herself who caught Bhrigu on videotape. regrets the error.
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