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Panel Calls Falsification in German Case 'Unprecedented'

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Science  15 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5328, pp. 894
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5328.894

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After a 4-month inquiry, a panel of scientists and legal experts asserted last week that two biomedical researchers had manipulated or falsified data "to an unprecedented extent" in research work at universities and at a national research center in Germany from 1988 to 1996. The 12-member commission said it so far had identified 37 papers among the publications of hematologist Friedhelm Herrmann of Ulm University and molecular medicine specialist Marion Brach of Lübeck University that appear to include falsifications. The two researchers deny the allegations.