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Chinese Center Sues Over Study Coverage

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Science  26 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5410, pp. 1990-1992
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5410.1990

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BEIJING-- Three Chinese courts have been asked to rule on a libel suit brought by a Chinese research center against media coverage of an international study of the factors that contribute to healthy human longevity. Articles in dozens of local and regional publications have raised questions about the genetic component of the study, for which more than 4000 blood samples have already been collected but not yet analyzed. The controversy led the government last year to temporarily halt the work, and the Chinese Research Center on Aging is asking for $360,000 to cover its legal expenses and the cost of the delays.

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