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Disclosing Data Can Get You in Trouble

Science  02 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5313, pp. 671-672
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5313.671b

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On 10 April, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed insider-dealing charges against two clinical researchers, accusing them of illegally disclosing early, negative results in a trial of a hepatitis-B drug (thymosin alpha 1), allowing friends and relatives to beat the market by selling off stocks.