A scientist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kans., pleaded guilty in May in a case involving theft of research materials from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Hiroaki Serizawa, an assistant professor of biochemistry at KUMC, admitted he lied to FBI agents who were investigating the theft of DNA, cell line reagents, and other genetic research materials used in Alzheimer research at the Cleveland Clinic. Officials say that the 1999 theft was masterminded by Takashi Okamoto, a colleague and friend of Serizawa and an employee at the Cleveland Clinic at the time.
Okamoto had been researching Alzheimer disease at the Cleveland Clinic from January 1997 to July 1999, when he abruptly resigned. According to a federal indictment, Okamoto stole several hundred vials containing cell line reagents and DNA samples, destroyed remaining materials and lab notes, and left behind...
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