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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns

Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 

Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 

ABOVE: © iStock.com, DNY59

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