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Max-Planck Society investigates misconduct

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7205.274 (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:274
  1. Annette Tuffs Heidelberg
  1. Heidelberg, Germany

    The Max-Planck Society has set up a committee to investigate allegations of scientific misconduct involving one of its directors, Peter Seeburg, director at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany.

    The allegation is that in 1979 Seeburg published false information in a scientific paper in the journal Nature (1979;281: 544-8), which described experiments resulting in the expression of human growth hormone in bacteria.

    Professor Seeburg confessed two months ago to publishing a falsehood (20 years after it appeared), …

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