Scientist Admits To Faking HIV Cure To Score Millions In Grant Funds
$19 million down the drain?
An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.
Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said.
The bogus findings helped Han’s team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutes’ AIDS research.
Suspicions were apparently raised when other researchers couldn't duplicate Han's results and investigation led to the discovery of human antibodies in Han's rabbit serum.
Han has agreed not to seek government contracts for the next three years, but after making this kind of move--wouldn't any future research or discoveries by him be suspect?
Let's just hope some benefit can be found from the research and funds that he used so that it's not a complete waste. We also hope his recklessness doesn't deter future funding from HIV researchers that are working with integrity to find a cure.