News & CommentScientific Misconduct

After 9 Years, a Tangled Case Lurches Toward a Close

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Science  17 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5264, pp. 947-948
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5264.947


Last month, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) overturned four previous not-guilty findings by announcing that James Abbs of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, “intentionally falsified and fabricated” data in a paper he published in 1987. Abbs, who denies the charges, has agreed not to appeal—the financial and personal strain would be too great, he says—in return for avoiding the risk of debarment from government grants and a chance to rebut the charges in writing. But Abbs has submitted a stinging rebuttal that challenges ORI's findings and its use of statistical analyses as evidence of guilt.