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Baylor Saga Comes to an End

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Science  19 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5405, pp. 1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5405.1091a

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Molecular physiologist Kimon Angelides last week ended a long, costly battle against his former employer, Baylor College of Medicine, which had found him guilty of fabricating data, stripped him of tenure, and evicted him from his lab. On 10 February, Angelides settled a civil suit against Baylor and 13 individuals at the university, just hours after a federal appeals board had released a report backing Baylor's findings that he had "committed scientific misconduct." The settlement also may bring a measure of relief to officials at other universities, who have worried that they could be sued simply for following the federal government's requirements to investigate misconduct allegations.