Researcher is arrested for falsifying his results

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4249
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A former researcher at Iowa State University who spiked rabbit blood samples to make it look as though a potential HIV vaccine was working, earning millions in US federal grants, has been arrested and indicted in a federal court on four felony charges of making false statements.

Dong-Pyou Han, 57, an assistant professor, added human and rabbit HIV antibodies to rabbit serum samples to make it appear that an experimental HIV vaccine had stimulated a broad immune response. He also altered data files to convey the same impression and reported false results to his colleagues, according to the findings of the Office of Research Integrity and of a university inquiry.1 2 …

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