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Criminal charges filed against researcher who faked HIV vaccine study

June 24th, 2014 4:11 pm by Associated Press

Criminal charges filed against researcher who faked HIV vaccine study

HIV Virus, Photo Credit: J Roberto Trujillo @ Wikimedia Commons, Photo Date: October 2013/MGN Online

DES MOINES — In a major case of research misconduct, prosecutors have taken the rare step of criminally charging a former Iowa State University researcher who admitted falsifying data that raised hopes of finding an HIV vaccine.

Experts say ex-laboratory manager Dong Pyou Han, set to appear in court Tuesday, was especially brazen when he manipulated blood samples that led to millions of dollars in research and false hopes for a breakthrough. A Harvard University lab helped uncover the fraud last year, marking a major setback for the decades-long goal of developing an HIV vaccine.

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