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Cha vs. Flamm court drama continues

A fertility researcher who published a study suggesting that prayer improves in vitro fertilization success rates has renewed his legal battle against an obstetrician/gynecologist who has criticized his work. Kwang-Yul Cha, a fertility researcher and chancellor of the medical school at Pochon CHA University in Korea, filed a motion on Tuesday (Dec 18) for a new trial after a judge linkurl:threw out;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53876/ his defamation lawsuit against University of Cal

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A fertility researcher who published a study suggesting that prayer improves in vitro fertilization success rates has renewed his legal battle against an obstetrician/gynecologist who has criticized his work. Kwang-Yul Cha, a fertility researcher and chancellor of the medical school at Pochon CHA University in Korea, filed a motion on Tuesday (Dec 18) for a new trial after a judge linkurl:threw out;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53876/ his defamation lawsuit against University of California, Irvine, Ob/Gyn Bruce Flamm last month. The motion requests a new trial based on new evidence discovered by Cha's attorneys, who claim that Flamm's criticism constitutes a personal attack on Cha. __The Scientist__ obtained a copy of the motion, which highlights a DVD recording of Flamm delivering a speech in which he criticizes Cha's 2001 linkurl:study;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11584476&dopt=AbstractPlus linking prayer to in vitro fertilization success. Flamm delivered the speech at a convention held by linkurl:Atheist Alliance International;http://www.atheistalliance.org/ earlier this year, and according to...

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