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Researcher who falsified HIV results pleads not guilty in US court

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4612 (Published 14 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4612
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A researcher who spiked rabbit blood with human antibodies to make it appear that an experimental HIV vaccine worked has pleaded not guilty to fraud in a US federal court, despite previously admitting his acts in a resignation letter to his university.

Dong Pyou-Han, 57, was indicted in June on four counts of fraud after the research team he worked for received $14.5m (£8.5m; €10.6m) in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the basis of applications that described his faked results. Han’s trial will begin in September, and each count carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

In an investigation …

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