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Infectious diseases expert convicted over missing plague bacteria

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1307
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A jury in the US state of Texas convicted plague expert Dr Thomas Campbell Butler, professor of medicine and head of the infectious diseases division at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, on 47 of 69 charges this week, including theft, fraud, embezzlement, and unauthorised export of plague bacteria.

    He was cleared of the most serious charge, however, that he lied to FBI agents when he said that 30 phials of …

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