Changes In System

REHIRED: Following her exoneration, Thereza Imanishi-Kari was named an associate professor at Tufts University.
Participants, observers say the case highlighted a need to overhaul the mechanism for dealing with charges of scientific misconduct.

The conclusion of the decade-long scientific misconduct case against Thereza Imanishi-Kari-she was exonerated in a June 21 decision of an appeals panel of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-would appear to be a clear-cut victory for the Tufts University immunologist. Certainly it has been greeted that way by Imanishi-Kari and the other coauthors of a disputed Cell paper (D. Weaver et al., Cell, 45:247-59, 1986), including Nobelist David Baltimore of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Imanishi-Kari tells The Scientist that she was frightened during the 10 years of numerous investigations. "But honest people can't come out with any other verdict," she says. Two days after the verdict, she celebrated...

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