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Researcher Rebuked for 20-Year-Old Misdeed

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Science  17 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5448, pp. 2249-2250
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5448.2249a

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The Max Planck Society, Germany's premier research organization, announced on Monday that its president will issue a formal censure to neuroscientist Peter Seeburg, director of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, for publishing data in a 1979 paper that Seeburg has said were false. Seeburg's censure is the latest chapter in a drawn-out scientific melodrama involving a court battle between the University of California and biotech pioneer Genentech of South San Francisco over patent rights to engineered human growth hormone.