NewsImanishi-Kari Case

Disputed Results Now Just a Footnote

Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 174-175
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.174a


In the 10 years that an army of investigators and lawyers has been poring over data in the notebooks of Thereza Imanishi-Kari, looking for evidence that she committed scientific misconduct, the area of research she worked in has fallen out of favor. Thus, when a government appeals board last month threw out misconduct charges against her and delivered a blistering analysis of the government's evidence, the ruling spoke volumes about the way misconduct cases are handled. But in strict scientific terms, the paper at the heart of the dispute is no longer important. The science has simply moved on.