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Misconduct Office Vows To Keep Actions Secret

The new HHS unit resists pressure to reveal the names of the biomedical scientists it has found guilty of wrongdoing NEW ORLEANS -- The year-old Office of Scientific Integrity Review - responsible for resulting the cases of federally funded biomedical researchers accused of scientific misconduct - has meted out punishment to more than a dozen such researchers so far. But the head of that office said last month that he has no intention of making information pertaining to these cases available t

Jeffrey Mervis


The new HHS unit resists pressure to reveal the names of the biomedical scientists it has found guilty of wrongdoing
NEW ORLEANS -- The year-old Office of Scientific Integrity Review - responsible for resulting the cases of federally funded biomedical researchers accused of scientific misconduct - has meted out punishment to more than a dozen such researchers so far. But the head of that office said last month that he has no intention of making information pertaining to these cases available to the public.

The issue of scientific misconduct is a contentious topic within the scientific community and in Congress. The debate has featured a long-running battle among the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular biologist David Baltimore, and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) over an investigation into allegations of improprieties in a 1986 Cell paper on antibody expression coauthored by Baltimore. Last August the Department of Health...

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