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Fraud Finding Triggers Payback Demand

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Science  20 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5431, pp. 1189-1190
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5431.1189a

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Officials at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California thought they were setting a positive example when they exposed allegedly fraudulent research conducted by one of their scientists on the effect of electromagnetic fields on living cells. Now they feel they are being punished for their forthrightness: The National Cancer Institute has demanded that the lab repay more than $800,000 in grant money that was awarded to the researcher.