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Panel Finds Scores of Suspect Papers in German Fraud Probe

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Science  23 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2106-2107
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2106

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A new report paints a darker picture of what may be the highest profile case of scientific fraud in postwar Germany. After a 2-year investigation of all 347 scientific articles co-authored by former hematologist and cancer researcher Friedhelm Herrmann, a task force jointly sponsored by Germany's main granting agency, the DFG, and the country's largest cancer charity released a report on 19 June indicating that the scope of the fraud--first uncovered 3 years ago--is far more extensive than previously thought. Although Herrmann and a co-author have left their academic posts, the new revelations could place other careers in jeopardy.