News of the WeekScientific Misconduct

Investigations on Trial in a Texas Court

Science  12 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5404, pp. 913-914
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.913a

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When Baylor College of Medicine professor Kimon Angelides was found guilty of scientific misconduct in 1995, he sued, claiming that he had been slandered, his career ruined, and a decade's worth of scientific work destroyed; the trial began on 25 January. And in an entirely separate proceeding, a board at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., has finished its own review of the misconduct findings, after an appeal by Angelides; a ruling will be out shortly. Both decisions could affect the way misconduct in biomedical research is prosecuted in the future.