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University clears scientist of misconduct but says his conduct was misbehaviour

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:382
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The University of Pittsburgh has cleared Gerald Schatten, director of its department of obstetrics, gynaecology, and reproductive sciences, of any scientific misconduct in his collaboration with the disgraced Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk. The university's research integrity panel has investigated Dr Schatten's role in a paper published in Science (2005;308:1777-83), which was one of two withdrawn by the journal in January after revelations that they were based on falsified data.

    Although the panel concluded that Dr Schatten was not involved in the falsification of data and that he was not aware of the misconduct that led to Professor Hwang's resignation from Seoul National University, it accused him of shirking his responsibilities as co-author of the paper.

    Its criticism of Dr Schatten centred on why he did not take greater steps to ensure the veracity of the data supporting the paper's claims. During the course of the investigation, Dr Schatten also sought …

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