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Fraud Strikes Top Genome Lab

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Science  08 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5289, pp. 908-910
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5289.908


Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health's Human Genome Project, has informed colleagues that a junior researcher in his lab faked data in five papers Collins co-authored. Many of Collins's peers think he handled the incident well once the fraud came to light, confronting the alleged wrongdoer swiftly and retracting all or part of the tainted papers.